The alleged assailants and victims could have been any race. “Color doesn't matter, only the 'idiot factor' matters,” opined Mr. Owens in the Macon Telegraph. That means the rest is random.
Anyone who ever took -- and passed -- a course in elementary statistics might wander about why Mr. Owens is so willing to dismiss race as a factor in the violence.
Because the odds of 30 black people “randomly” attacking five white people -- including the woman and child -- are about the same as the odds of fully loaded jet liner crashing on your front lawn. Twice. On the same day. With your mom in the first plane. And your long lost brother in the second.
So: That is not to say its impossible. Just not likely.
Even so, lots of people in Macon are wondering why so many people are treading so lightly around this racial violence. WGAX TV news called it “a fight.”
It started out with a snowball fight among 30 black people at the Warner Robins High School. The kids were on a snow day. The Telegraph in Macon breaks it down, beginning with the woman who confronted the black people for throwing snowballs at her car while jumping on other cars as well:
At that point someone hit her with a snowball, and part of the snowball landed on the baby. The woman’s husband then approached, asked the group to stop and was attacked, he said. He and two other men in the sledding group who came to his aid were assaulted. He said no one in the sledding group instigated physical contact.
The victim said three of them, including himself, suffered concussions, and one had two cracked ribs. Members of the sledding group were white, and those involved in the snowball fight were black. He said the attackers yelled racial comments at them during the assault.
Of course there were pictures. And laughing. They made their way to Facebook and Twitter, with the alleged assailants bragging and having a good old time recounting their snowy victory.
Police used the triumphant photos to crack the case and arrested Shymalik Raekwon Mitchell and Terrell Antonio Boyd. Both 17 years old. They were charged with a variety of crimes including assault.
The crimes fit a pattern of black mob violence and denial documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore it.
The victims are asking their names be withheld because they fear retaliation for themselves and their children, who still attend the school.
As police search for others in the photos that appear to be kicking, stomping, punching laughing and beating the five white people, some residents of the Warner Robins area want to let us know what the real problem and real solutions are.
“People get jumped everyday,” said Jon'Shea JS Jenkins on his Facebook page. “The fact that they are white means nothing. It could've been a black guy [and] it would have been the same outcome. Some people need to get out of their feelings and mind their business. This attack happened because somebody wasn't minding their business.”
And to all the white people in Macon who said these assaults were a racially motivated case of black mob violence, Rogue Carlos R Leader has a reminder and a rejoinder: “The biggest group of terrorist on this planet is white people.”
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