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Attacks May be Racially Motivated, Tied to Anger Over Trayvon Martin

By Hatewatch Staff on April 24, 2012 - 1:28 pm, Posted in Anti-White

Police in Mobile, Ala., are investigating the beating of a white man who is in critical condition after being attacked by a group of African Americans.

The victim, Matthew Owens, had earlier argued with kids who were playing basketball in the street last Saturday night, police said. The youngsters left, but a group of adults returned and beat Owens with brass knuckles, paint cans, pipes and chairs.

Owens’ sister, who witnessed the attack, said that about 20 people attacked Owens  on the front porch of his house. She said that as they left, one said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

In another incident, on April 17, an 18-year-old African-American man allegedly told police he beat up a white man in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park because he was angry about Trayvon Martin. According to police, Alton L. Hayes III and a 15-year-old boy walked up behind a 19-year-old white man and pinned his arms to his side. Hayes picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man, and told him to “empty your pockets, white boy.” They allegedly rifled through the man’s pockets, threw him to the ground and punched him several times in the head and back before they ran away. Hayes has been charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime. The 15-year-old was referred to juvenile court.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed February 26 as he walked through a gated community in Sanford, Fla., where he was staying and where the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was arrested on April 11 and charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and was released yesterday on $150,000 bail.

The fact that local police initially didn’t charge Zimmerman sparked a national outcry, and the resulting controversy has inflamed extremists, both black and white.

  • Reynardine

    Alert, you seem to be keeping dim. “Hispanic” is any New World native whose linguistic and cultural heritage derive from Spain. Some are Mestizos, some are ethnic Scots, Irish, Germans, Italians, and whatnot; some are ethnic Jews (I went to school with some self-styled “Jewbans”); some are ethnic Chinese (we regularly called the Chong Brothers when something broke down); some derived from African tribes, frequently Yoruba (Kid Gavilan and Kid Rayo; I knew the latter); some from Arabs of Al Andaluz (I had a student named Abuchaibe). The U.S. census asks both for “Hispanic” affiliation and for actual “race”. Your assertion is as fatuous as claiming that all “Anglos” are pure white people of English descent.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    RRoberts,

    You’ve made plenty of racist comments. And comments insulting liberals and progressives.

    What’s the matter? Did I make you angry? Enough with the all-caps, chum.

  • Keeping Alert

    I haven’t read all of the comments here in full, but I HAVE seen the issue as to whether “Hispanic” is a race/whether George Zimmerman is “white.” From the appearance of at least one photo, he seems to be in the perhaps non-politically correct category of “Mestizo,” which would be a mixed-race individual, and thus, by definition, not a white person (just as white paint mixed with other-color paint is no longer white).

    By the way, I once met an older woman from Spain — and who was therefore by definition “Hispanic” — but she had blue eyes and red hair! Again, I think “Hispanic” is generally used as a euphemism for “Mestizo” — and that is what is usually meant by the description of someone as “Hispanic.” (I don’t think “Mestizo” is a bad word, by the way.)

  • RRoberts

    I have NEVER made a racist comment. WHY does SPLC allow YOU to post such VILE LIES!

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    RRoberts,

    I was referring to just about every comment you’ve made on other stories. You’re an avowed racist, and to me, that equates to idiocy.

  • RRoberts

    To Aron:

    If you can point anything that I have said that is ‘idiotic,’ then feel free to. I started my post here by complimenting SPLC on giving at least some coverage to these events.

    Oh, maybe that was idiotic.

  • Reynardine

    Jason, I don’t know what the hell person you talked to who is of “pure Castilian descent” . I grew up in Dade County with a great many people from assorted Spanish-speaking or Spanish-surname backgrounds. They assuredly did not consider themselves a “race”. They do not even consider themselves a “race” in Spain (though the Spanish term, “raza”, has many other connotations, few of which fit even marginally with the modern American use of “race”). I was for some years friends with a titled family of *sangre azul* Castilians, who would have been grossly offended at your suggestion that they were the same “race” as many other disparate groups lumped as Hispanic. I’d really like to see what happens when you offend such people. Toodle-oo.

  • Sam Molloy

    A lot of local jurisdictions are reluctant to follow through on designating violent crimes as “Hate Crimes” no matter who does what to who. Part of it is a manpower shortage but I’m thinking part of it is a desire to keep the area’s reputation up, as in, “We never have hate crimes here in this here town”.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    RRoberts,

    You seem to have mistaken my not suffering fools lightly for ‘hatred.’ As ADM said, I do not hate you. I just think you and Jason are genuinely fools and idiots.

  • A.D.M.

    Back to Sam Molloy, I’ve seen job applications that ask “Are you Hispanic?” and then follow it up with “Are you black?” and other choices.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B....._Americans

  • A.D.M.

    “SLPC does mock coverage of anti-white hate crimes… but i’ll agree its not ALL SPLC fault. In lots of states and under federal hate crime law there is no protection from white people, so if its never recorded its like it never happened except to the victims family’s….” – Brian

    First of all, SPLC has covered bias crimes committed against whites. Second, can you show proof of bias crimes against whites not being prosecuted as hate crimes?

    “Also remember that under federal law and in many states latinos will get counted as white ONLY if they are the attacker in an anti-white hate crime. In NYC dominicans that beat up mexicans were counted as white on immigrant hate crimes.” – Brian

    Considering most Dominicans are of African descent, I highly doubt that.

    “SPLC fronts as if its objective but it really doesnt care about the 16,000 white people killed by blacks in the past 10 years. Any poor white person who grew up in the inner city has taken more beatings for slavery than slaves took back in the day as liberal teachers in the schools make excuses and cover for them. In 7th grade i was knocked 3 times in 1 month and when the principal asked why one of the kids straight up said “cause he’s a bitch ass white-boy.” Only 1 of the jumpings were reported as an actual jumping and the kids just got 3 days suspension and the others were writting up as disturbances and the kids only got detention. 2/3 times i was attacked from behind by 4-5 kids and the other time i was attacked by the same group of kids. I’ve had my jaw broken simply because i’m white and the oakland police knew it but the guy only got 3 months and he already had a wrap sheet.” – Brian

    It’s rap sheet, not wrap sheet. As for your bio, you’re not the only who’s been bullied and beat up. I was bullied and beat up, too. I remember a lot of what happened. But I don’t let it run my life as if it’s an authority figure. As for the SPLC, they don’t front on their objective.

    “There’s SO much anti-white violence its almost impossible to track all of it.” – Brian

    Then show us.

  • A.D.M.

    “After reading the comments here I contacted a former co-worker of mine who lives in Spain and is of pure Castilian descent. He was able to confirm my statements. I also did a review of my references on race and anthropology. I have decided to stand my ground in this forum. I believe “Hispanic” is a race. I will continue to post on blogs I frequent that “Hispanic” is a race.” – Jason Smith

    Do what you want. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re wrong about Hispanic being a “race” and wrong about other things. Sam Molloy, same thing with you. I was a Census enumerator in 2010. Hispanic wasn’t listed in the “race” category. It asked, “Are you Hispanic?”, then it proceeded with black, white, etc.

    “As always, it is apparent who the haters are here, it is the people who call names like idiot and fool. That would be the tolerant liberals that SPLC seems to endorse. Nice job you guys.”- RRoberts

    No hate from me. I just really think you’re an idiot.

  • Sam Molloy

    Jason has a point here. Most job applications have a little questionnaire that you “don’t have to answer” (if you don’t want a job, that is). This list does not call it “race”, the heading usually says “Do you consider yourself…” but Hispanic is listed with races. Since language is a living thing, those dictionary definitions may be just disclaimers and hogwash compared to the reality of common usage.

  • brian

    @ Aron

    SLPC does mock coverage of anti-white hate crimes… but i’ll agree its not ALL SPLC fault. In lots of states and under federal hate crime law there is no protection from white people, so if its never recorded its like it never happened except to the victims family’s….

    Also remember that under federal law and in many states latinos will get counted as white ONLY if they are the attacker in an anti-white hate crime. In NYC dominicans that beat up mexicans were counted as white on immigrant hate crimes.

    SPLC fronts as if its objective but it really doesnt care about the 16,000 white people killed by blacks in the past 10 years. Any poor white person who grew up in the inner city has taken more beatings for slavery than slaves took back in the day as liberal teachers in the schools make excuses and cover for them. In 7th grade i was knocked 3 times in 1 month and when the principal asked why one of the kids straight up said “cause he’s a bitch ass white-boy.” Only 1 of the jumpings were reported as an actual jumping and the kids just got 3 days suspension and the others were writting up as disturbances and the kids only got detention. 2/3 times i was attacked from behind by 4-5 kids and the other time i was attacked by the same group of kids. I’ve had my jaw broken simply because i’m white and the oakland police knew it but the guy only got 3 months and he already had a wrap sheet.

    there’s SO much anti-white violence its almost impoosible to track all of it.

  • Jason Smith

    After reading the comments here I contacted a former co-worker of mine who lives in Spain and is of pure Castilian descent. He was able to confirm my statements. I also did a review of my references on race and anthropology. I have decided to stand my ground in this forum. I believe “Hispanic” is a race. I will continue to post on blogs I frequent that “Hispanic” is a race.

  • RRoberts

    As always, it is apparent who the haters are here, it is the people who call names like idiot and fool. That would be the tolerant liberals that SPLC seems to endorse. Nice job you guys.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “In my analogy Ruslan is the circus barker and he thinks we’re fools.”

    Hispanic is not a “race”(it’s not an ethnicity either). And I don’t think, I know, that you are a moron.

  • Identity-H

    Jason Smith said,
    ON APRIL 25TH, 2012 AT 12:36 PM
    Ruslan is wrong. I think “Hispanic” really is a race.
    It is a play on words. It’s a shell game
    multiculturalists play.
    ____
    So which one is it? A race, or a play on words that is, as you say, “a shell game that multiculturalists play”.

    My .02: Hispanic and Latino are umbrella terms that came about as a result of a 1976 Congressional mandate to count people of Latin-American, South American or Spanish-speaking Carribean descent as a single group for statistical purposes. It is not a race, this is why the Census Bureau addresses it seperately from race.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    No Jason,

    We only think YOU and RRoberts are the fools. And they’re called ‘callers’ not ‘barkers.’

    Also, you seem to be one shell short of a three shell game.

  • A.D.M.

    Jason, define Hispanic. I’ll help you. It’s a person from Spain or a person of Spanish descent. I guess the reason you’re confused about it is because how it’s used which is incorrectly. But clearly, you are an idiot.

  • A.D.M.

    “Congratulations to SPLC on reporting these incidents. At least a step in the direction of fair reporting of hate incidents.” – RRoberts

    You are ridiculous. SPLC has been reporting on incidents like the ones in the article in the past. Where have you been? Oh, that’s right, stuck in a insane right wing vacuum. Idiot.

    “In major cities across America, law enforcement and prosecutors are refusing to charge blacks with hate crimes for racially motivated attacks. This is especially true in majority black cities.” – Jason Smith

    J.S. is back. Why don’t you show proof for you allegations? You talk the talk, but do you walk the walk?

    “Whenever a white person attacks a black they are often charged with a ‘hate crime’ on top of assault. If a black attacks a white, it is very rare they are charged with a ‘hate crime’. ” – Jason Smith

    Actually, that’s not true in the cases of the ones in the article and past incidents.

    “‘Hate crime’ laws are bad because they are really ‘thought crimes’, visa via George Orwells novel, “1984?. You have to determine what the person is thinking at the time of the act. “hate crime” legislation fits with the Leftist world view, because the Left wants to monitor what people are thinking. They are driven to mold peoples minds and change the thinking of whole societies and groups of people. Why? Because they want to create a utopia. They can only do this by turning humans into robots.” – Jason Smith

    First of all, it’s vis-a-vis. Second, hate crime laws were created in an attempt to stop folks from targeting others based any physical characteristic. I do agree it’s very Orwellian. Hey, you and I agree on something. There’s hope for the world after all.

    “The irony, of course, is that Zimmerman is Hispanic.

    Why are blacks taking it out on Whites?

    It has everything to do with the anti-White, disengenuous and biased reporting by the MSM. The media turned Zimmerman into a White bad guy from the start, regardless of whatever the truth of the case may be, to inflame blacks. It worked. Shouldn’t the MSM be held responsible for EVERY White victim of black attacks related to this?

    If this isn’t an example of anti-White hate on the part of MSM I don’t know what is. What do you say? You people claim to be against hate, don’t you?” – So-called “Holocaust survivor”

    First, there has been tension between blacks and Hispanics particularly in California for many reasons. They’ve been going back and forth for years in SoCal. Second, Zimmerman can a rainbow with mustard stripes. His ethnic background doesn’t matter. As for the MSM calling G.Z. white, I guess they thought that because of his surname. Then again, as Ruslan pointed out, Hispanic is not a “race.” You can be black and Hispanic (black Cubans) or white and Hispanic (white Argentines).

    As for the idiots taking part in these crimes, they’re idiots and I hope they’ll be put in jail.

  • Jason Smith

    Ruslan is wrong. I think “Hispanic” really is a race. It is a play on words. It’s a shell game multiculturalists play. It’s like if you go to a carnival and you play a shell game with a circus barker — it’s all about tricking you to get your money.
    In my analogy Ruslan is the circus barker and he thinks we’re fools.

  • ModerateMike

    Those who complain about bias in the reporting of hate crimes could spend their time better by thinking about what causes people to feel hatred, and working to prevent it. For example, regarding the incident in Mobile, what would you say to a child if he or she asked you about it?. Would you say, “Well, that’s just typical of black people,” or “They hit one of ours, so we’ve got a right to hit one of theirs!”? That may be what you are thinking, but what if that impressionable child takes your statement to heart, and attacks someone just for being black? If the child were your son or daughter, would you be pleased if he or she went to jail, or triggered a cycle of racially motivated retaliatory attacks?

    Working to mitigate hatred is the best way prevent SPLC from reporting on it.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Holocaust survivor” is a perfect example of why whiny white folks will never be happy. First they whine and ask when you report on anti-white hate crimes. When you do, it’s not good enough. You have to blame the hate crime on the whole media or blame it on black people as a whole. Anything less will not satisfy them.

    Also, our new friend from Stormfront forgets that A. Hispanic is not a “race”. B. Much of the outrage over the Martin case is not only that he was unarmed and shot, but that the white police did not arrest Zimmerman, nor did they do the required police work.

  • Jason Smith

    In major cities across America, law enforcement and prosecutors are refusing to charge blacks with hate crimes for racially motivated attacks. This is especially true in majority black cities.

    Whenever a white person attacks a black they are often charged with a ‘hate crime’ on top of assault. If a black attacks a white, it is very rare they are charged with a ‘hate crime’.

    ‘Hate crime’ laws are bad because they are really ‘thought crimes’, visa via George Orwells novel, “1984″. You have to determine what the person is thinking at the time of the act. “hate crime” legislation fits with the Leftist world view, because the Left wants to monitor what people are thinking. They are driven to mold peoples minds and change the thinking of whole societies and groups of people. Why? Because they want to create a utopia. They can only do this by turning humans into robots.

  • Reynardine

    Alleged holocaust survivor,

    The outrage is not at Zimmerman as at the good old boy power structure who decided to sweep the whole thing under the rug. Aside from that, “Hispanic” is a cultural and linguistic construct, not a racial one. Zimmerman’s mother, if memory serves me, was Peruvian. She may have been “white” or not…the method of defining that in most Spanish-speaking countries is more a matter of appearance and affiliation than of ancestry. In any case, that is immaterial. You do not have to be “white” to be racially motivated against a nonwhite. If you are what you purport to be, you were at one point defined as not “white”, and here you are, being bigoted.

  • Joshua

    I’m sort of fascinated by what we don’t know about the Mobile incident. Specifically, I wonder whether Owens didn’t bring up Trayvon first, and his attacker was calling back to it. (If the “justice for Trayvon Martin” thing even happened; there seems to only be one witness, a relative of Owens, who reported it.)

  • RRoberts

    Congratulations to SPLC on reporting these incidents. At least a step in the direction of fair reporting of hate incidents.

  • Reynardine

    Aron, I’d say that ninety percent of these people are products of their upbringing, but ten percent of them are missing a chip. They’re what an earlier age would have called moral cretins, and Hare and some others currently call calloused psychopaths. But of course, it overlaps. The neurologically normal child of such a calloused psychopath can be turned psychopathic by treatment and upbringing; a whole society can be depraved by the appearance of a charismatic psychopath when stressed by abnormal circumstances; and, on the contrary, a conscienceless person raised by a firm, consistent hand in a milieu where standards are also clear, consistent, and universal, may learn to be law-abiding out of sheer self-interest.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mitch,

    While I would like to believe you, I have run into FAR too many cruel and stupid people to place the blame entirely on nurture. Nature has some responsibility, too.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    HolocaustSurvivor47

    Your Stormfront is showing through. Why don’t you take your concern trolling elsewhere?

  • holocaust survivor47

    The irony, of course, is that Zimmerman is Hispanic.

    Why are blacks taking it out on Whites?

    It has everything to do with the anti-White, disengenuous and biased reporting by the MSM. The media turned Zimmerman into a White bad guy from the start, regardless of whatever the truth of the case may be, to inflame blacks. It worked. Shouldn’t the MSM be held responsible for EVERY White victim of black attacks related to this?

    If this isn’t an example of anti-White hate on the part of MSM I don’t know what is. What do you say? You people claim to be against hate, don’t you?

  • Mitch Beales

    Man is neither cruel nor stupid by nature. They require a lifetime of abuse to become so. I believe this accounts for the often noted failure of the abused to be sensitive to the pain of others.

  • Sam Molloy

    Since Cain and Abel, Aron.

  • Supersonic250

    Amen, bruddah.

  • Reynardine

    I’m afraid it’s incidents just like this that the Moonfront people have been hoping for, so they can start a Turner-diary type race war.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Supersonic,

    In my opinion, it’s not the inherent cruelty in the black man that does this. It’s the inherent cruelty in ANY man. Humanity, by and large, seems to be overwhelmingly cruel and overwhelmingly stupid. One need only read the news for corroboration.

    Sadly.

  • Supersonic250

    Cue the flood of racist idiots using this as an excuse to argue the inherent brutality of the black man… *Sigh.* No wonder hatred is a vicious circle.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    B-b-b-but the SPLC doesn’t report on any hate crimes committed against white folks!!!

  • Shadow Wolf

    Since the T.M./Z-man incident. there have been irregular intervals and sporadic racial tensions throughout the U.S. Mainly between Whites/Blacks and Blacks/Hispanics and in Arizona’s case– Whites/Hispanics:

    Locally speaking, just today the Flaccid Old Fool of the MCSO put out a press release(another media stunt of his). Informing the public that he placed his 4th Ave. Jail on lockdown, because of “racial tensions between Blacks and Mexicans”. According to local AP reports. The racial violence happened sometime around April 16th. Yet, he puts out his trite dog-n-pony show today? To divert attention away from the Supreme Court hearings on SB1070? Are the Feds getting close to something to warrant an arrest of the Flaccid Failure?
    Whatever the reason, he wanted to put out a press release about racial violence between Blacks and Mexicans. What better time than to do it on the Supreme Court hearings on SB1070.