Bronze Star Marine Corps veteran Christopher Marquez was the victim of a brutal beating at a Washington, D.C. McDonald’s when several African American individuals approached Marquez at the fast-food restaurant, asking him if “black lives matter.”
A D.C. Fox affiliate quotes Marquez:
“They asked me that a few times, and I was ignoring them at first because I felt they were intimidating me. They were being hostile. That’s pretty much how they approached me, and how they were talking to me–and then they started calling me a racist.”
As Marquez was leaving the fast-food chain, he was struck with a firearm, beaten, and robbed. Marquez was beaten so badly that he didn’t even remember exactly where the attack took place.
The Marine is calling the incident a “hate crime.”
Now The Washington Times is reporting that two arrests have been made:
“The male teen was charged with aggravated assault and the female was charged with robbery. Police are still looking for a third suspect involved in the assault.”
Marquez has mixed feeling about the arrests, and some strong words for President Obama, telling The Daily Caller:
“I am glad two suspects have been arrested, but I am deeply disappointed they have not been charged with a hate crime yet. Not prosecuting this as a hate crime will only encourage more hate crimes against white people and create further division in this great country….
President Obama and leaders of the black community need to condemn these racially-motivated acts of violence if they really care about unity and starting a legitimate conversation on race. So far it has been a very one-sided conversation that mainly depicts the white community negatively.”
Despite everything, Marquez says he forgives his attackers:
“I do forgive them for what they did. Believe me, when I was a teen, I wasn’t perfect myself. The Marine Corps straightened me out.”
I contacted the D.C. Attorney General’s office, but they were tight lipped because the case involves juveniles.
This is the country in which we live. Marquez was brutally beaten because he didn’t engage a group of black people who were harassing him about “black lives matter,” and calling him a racist. The teens have been arrested, and charged with aggravated assault and robbery. But it’s not a hate crime!
I guarantee if the roles were reversed–if Marquez were black and his attackers were white–it would be instantly labeled a hate crime, and the whole world would grind to a halt. The media would scream “RACISM!” from the rooftops. But because Marquez looks white, we must not utter the words “hate crime.”
The Metropolitan Police Department says that “under the Bias-Related Crime Act of 1989 (D.C. Official Code § 22-3700 et. seq.)” a hate crime must meet two criteria:
- “Designated act–meaning a criminal act, including arson, assault, burglary, injury to property, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft, or unlawful entry, and attempting, aiding, abetting, advising, inciting, conniving, or conspiring to commit arson, assault, burglary, injury to property, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft, or unlawful entry. D.C. Official Code § 22-3701.”
- “Bias-related crime–meaning a designated act that demonstrates an accused’s prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, homelessness, physical disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of a victim of the subject designated act.”
According to even the sparse evidence we have at the moment, this qualifies as a hate crime. These young African American individuals allegedly targeted a man because of his perceived race, or potentially his political affiliation, if they believed him to be opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement. They then proceeded to beat him senseless because of this perceived difference.
Perhaps it will take more time to establish “hate crime” status, and there will be charges later on, but don’t hold your breath. In the United States, only white–or white looking people–can be racists, and therefore only they can commit hate crimes.