Mr. Watts was on his way home from the nearby Gas Express Mart at Starr Avenue and White Street about 4:45 p.m. Saturday when the boys approached him.While I note the article takes pains to avoid mentioning the race of the yoots that attacked Mr. Watts--consistent with the habit of the media to avoid mentioning race or ethnicity in reporting, unless the media wants the alleged offender to be white--the racial nature of the epithets allegedly uttered while the attack was underway offers a clue. I can't imagine white thugs uttering "kill that white" while kicking an septuagenarian white man on the ground, although it is certainly possible. With white assailants thus excluded, and the racial component and racial animus thus established, and why is this crime not being prosecuted as a hate crime?
One pointed at Mr. Watts and said, "take him down," the victim recounted in an interview Monday. Mr. Watts, carrying home two small bags of pork rinds to dole out as treats to his three dachshunds, looked at the youth and said, "Why you picking on me?" Mr. Watts recalled. "Remember Trayvon. Why you picking on me?"
The boy, again, allegedly told his friends to "take him down." While Mr. Watts was down the boys kicked him, over and over, shouting, "[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon ... Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man]," according to a police report. Toledo police charged two children -- the 11-year-old and a 17-year-old -- with robbery, Sgt. Roy Kennedy said.
At his home Monday, Mr. Watts said he has never allowed weapons inside and that when his four children were growing up, they were not allowed to play "cops and robbers, to kill the Indians." During the Vietnam War, Mr. Watts, who served in the military from 1950 to 1961, refused to let his boys play GI Joes. There would be no more killing, he said. But now, Mr. Watts says he plans to buy a gun and obtain a permit to carry it. "What happened to me ... down here on the corner, that changed my perspective on humanity," Mr. Watts said.
The assault occurred only a few hours after a peaceful rally, near the Thurgood Marshall Building, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., to show support for the Martin family.
I think we know the answer to this rhetorical question. Once again, the soft bigotry of low expectations proffers a bored yawn in response to yet another roving band of vibrant yoots beating a white guy for the crime of low skin pigmentation.
Exit question: would whites do well to be on their guard for unprovoked racial attacks in any neighborhood that sports a "Thurgood Marshall" center as they should be in any neighborhood bisected by a "Martin Luther King" boulevard? Although in this case I note that said Thurgood Marshall center is a good ways away from the incident. It may simply be just a coincidence. Or not.