Written by Daisy
If you haven’t already heard about Jeffrey Babbit, the 62-year old retired train conductor who was attacked by a man who said, “I hate white people,” and then proceeded to wail on Babbit (you know, for being white), you can read about that attack here. Because God knows you’re not going to read about it much on “news” outlets like ABC, NBC, or MSNBC. Well, you will find a snippet of it in the New York Times, but they spelled the assailant’s name wrong and didn’t even mention Babbit’s name. Because American journalism, everyone.
Babbit was the only caretaker for his 94-year old mother, Lucille, who has Alzheimer’s, by the way. And Lashawn Marten, 31 – the dude that killed him? Well, after saying that he was going to “punch the first white man” that he saw that day (which he did, and then some), he’s now being charged with second and thirddegree assault and a “possible hate crime” (gee, you think?) and will go before a grand jury next Tuesday. And – surprise -” he’s also had two previous arrests,mainly for assault related offenses.” And apparently, “during his arraignment Marten openly mocked the judge and demanded his bail be set at one penny. Marten is being held on a $1 million bond.”
But there’s nothing to see here, folks. And no t-shirts will be made in Babbit’s honor. And no magazine covers will be graced with his likeness. AGAIN. Because it seems as though black-on-white crime doesn’t sell advertising in the lamestream media space very well these days.
Because we’re unified, and Beyonce sang “At Last,” and hope and change and the American media machine.
Remember Jeffrey Babbit.