Nowhere was the media whitewash of hate crimes of equal import, but of reversed skin tones, more personified than the story of Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami. The pair had stopped their vehicle at an intersection in Norfolk, Virginia, awaiting a red light. There were dozens of young people standing by, one of whom launched a rock at the car window. When Mr. Forster emerged to confront the vandal, a beating ensued that included wave after wave of young men kicking and punching Forster and Rostami alike.
The two victims were white. The alleged assailants, black.
The media buried the story for weeks, including the local Virginian-Pilot, which only ran news of the assault as a side note opinion article two weeks later. Norfolk residents were outraged that a possible racially motivated attack had occurred in their hometown, and the big name paper of note refused to acknowledge it—despite the fact that the victims, Forster and Rostami, are reporters … at the Virginian-Pilot.
The cover-up quickly caught the eye of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly who, on a May 2nd broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor, questioned the newspaper’s motivation:
“You have this mob that attacked them. That’s dangerous, and that’s the story. Whenever you have a racially charged mob, that’s a big story. It looks to me like Pilot is politically correct and didn’t want to get in the middle of the racial aspect.”
“The bottom line is this, it looks like this was a race deal. […] A big newspaper that serves the community knew about it and covered it up. This is crazy. You can’t have this stuff.”
Talk radio host Dave Parker added:
“If these racial roles were reversed, this would be a huge national story. All of the individuals that were down in Sanford, Florida would be here in Virginia Beach, in Norfolk.”
It wasn’t the first racially motivated beating since the Trayvon Martin case to go under-reported.
- On April 4th, a 50-year-old white man was beaten severely with a hammer by a pair of black teens, resulting in the man being placed on life support. The attack occurred just east of Trayvon Martin’s hometown of Sanford, Florida, on the same day that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and leaders of the New Black Panther Party were holding rallies to protest the Martin case.
- A mugging took place in Chicago that involved a white man who was repeatedly punched in the head by two black teens while he was down on the ground. The incident began when one of the suspects demanded that the victim “empty your pockets, white boy.” Shortly after his arrest, one of the suspects earned himself “hate crime” status, telling police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white.
- A white tourist in Baltimore was pummeled outside a courthouse, and as he lay on the ground unconscious, had his belongings stolen, and his clothes stripped off of him. The incident was posted on YouTube by an African-American man who stated, “Me and my boys helped get justice for Trayvon.” The incident was cited in a letter from a four-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Pat McDonough, to the governor of Maryland, in which he pleaded for help in trying to “prevent the consistent and dangerous attacks upon citizens by roving mobs of black youths.”
- At the Wisconsin state fair, a mob of violent black youths targeted fair-goers by randomly beating them as opening night came to a close. Witnesses themselves classified the incident as racially motivated, with one individual telling Newsradio 620 WTMJ, “It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people.” Thus far, the mainstream media and the administration have declined to look further into the attacks.
The provocative radio host Rush Limbaugh has summarily described this as Obama’s America, one in which white kids are beaten while the black kids cheer. Ward Connerly, a leading black conservative voice, has succinctly stated, “Candidly, I think that race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected.”