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NYC Police Investigate Homeless Man’s Attack as Anti-White Hate Crime

By Don Terry on September 9, 2013 - 12:11 pm, Posted in Anti-White, Hate Crime

Editor’s note: The Daily News reported late today that the victim in the attack described below has died.

A black New York City man who police say punched and critically injured a 62-year-old retiree last week after reportedly shouting “I’m going to punch the first white man I see” is scheduled to appear in court for the second time tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the authorities are trying to determine whether the unprovoked and random attack last week near the chess boards at Union Square was a hate crime or the senseless act of a mentally disturbed man. “It’s still under investigation,” a spokesman for the New York City Police Department told Hatewatch today.

The suspect, Lashawn Marten, 31, has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault for attacking Jeffrey Babbitt, a white retired train conductor and two other men who came to Babbitt’s aid after he fell to the ground, hitting his head on the sidewalk.

Babbitt lay motionless as blood spread across the sidewalk beneath his head.

The charges against Marten could be upgraded at any time. Babbitt is reported to be brain dead, but the police spokesman would not confirm that today, adding that he remains in critical condition.

According to the account in the Daily News, Babbitt was visiting Union Square about 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday when Marten shouted his threat and suddenly “bashed” Babbitt “with a fist of racist rage.”

The haymaker staggered Babbitt, who fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk. The Daily News said Babbitt lives in Brooklyn and cares for his elderly mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Two strangers came to Babbitt’s aid, according to the criminal complaint. Marten allegedly attacked them both, striking them in the face with a closed fist. One of the men reported pain in his face, head and back.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “phil white said,

    on September 17th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    @Kiwiwriter:

    You’d have to book mark it because otherwise it would take all day to find SPLC reporting an anti-white hate crime. :-)”

    I’m not sure if you’re trying to be ironic or sarcastic, but if you do a little bit of work with that “search” function, and peruse this site, it won’t take you very long.

  • phil white

    @Kiwiwriter:

    You’d have to book mark it because otherwise it would take all day to find SPLC reporting an anti-white hate crime. :-)

  • Kiwiwriter

    “Jeronimus said,

    on September 10th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The SPLC used the term anti-white! Yay!”

    Well Jeronimus, you have displayed a shrewd grasp of the blatantly obvious and an understanding of the concept of “sarcasm.”

    You have failed to note that the SPLC has repeatedly assailed non-white racists and their acts, which indicates you suffer from, among other things, a lack of reading comprehension skills. From Gregory’s comments above, you also seem to lack such ordinary human tenets as “empathy,” and “compassion.”

    Now, having displayed sneering ignorance, can you offer us anything of substance and intelligence? Realistic solutions to racist behavior? Concepts of honor and accountability?

    Please fill the room with outpourings from the truck-garden of your mind.

  • Gregory

    aadila,
    I have been reading Jeronimus’ posts for years, on various forums. My guess is that he is pouting because the race wars and societal collapse that he has been repetitiously predicting have failed to materialize.

    Given his past advocacy, I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of his close acquaintances are FBI informants. With what we now know about the extent of internet surveillance capabilities and programs, I would also think while Jerry is just some anonymous asshole to us, he is probably quite well known to those who are tracking domestic problem children.

  • aadila

    Aron,

    I don’t doubt it. But let’s see how Jeronimus tries to wiggle out of the trap he set for himself. Will he prove himself a hypocrite, or will he agree that a hate crime against one person is a hate crime against everybody?

  • Aron

    Aadila, don’t worry. Jeronimus only thinks black-on-white hate crimes are a problem. He could care less about anything else.

  • Snorlax

    Proof that the SPLC reports crimes of bias against whites. That will shut up the critics, for awhile anyway.

  • aadila

    Jeronimus acknowledged hate crimes are a serious problem in America! Yay!

  • concernedcitizen

    Don’t pay attention to the knuckleheads that keep saying the SPLC is biased in how it reports hate crime. It is all too obvious that they haven’t taken the time to read the articles posted on this site. Nor have them taken the time to read the headlines that are fed by links from this site.

    It’s like a bunch of whiny babies who don’t take the time to read, they look at a few pictures and draw their conclusions based on that.

    Give them their crayons and send them on their way.

  • Jeronimus

    The SPLC used the term anti-white! Yay!

  • Kiwiwriter

    I want all the right-wing whiners who complain that SPLC doesn’t address hate crimes against whites to BOOKMARK and follow this story!

    This guy is probably a racist and mentally deranged.

    Killed a retired subway conductor. That poor guy survived 30 years in the New York Subway, to get killed by a homeless nutter in Union Square.

    This makes me very upset.

  • Reynardine

    If the perp is not legally deranged, then he needs whatever aggravating factors can be charged against him, charged against him.

  • Erika

    article “the authorities are trying to determine whether the unprovoked and random attack last week near the chess boards at Union Square was a hate crime or the senseless act of a mentally disturbed man.”

    me: you say that as if those things are mutually exclusive ;)

  • Sam Molloy

    Kudos for reporting on this.