Question For Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, ACLU and Co.- What is "it"?
"Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation."
It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.
"The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.""It started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall's friend as he stood outside with the others.
When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.''My thing is,'' Marshall said, ''I didn't want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything".
''I'm lucky. They didn't break my ribs... I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.''After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off.
Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.
The construction worker said he now fears for his family's safety, and the thousands of dollars in medical bills he faces without insurance.
''I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,'' Marshall said. ''But I did it to protect my family. I didn't have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.''
Akron police are investigating. Right now, the case is not being classified as a racial hate crime.
What would you call "it" if 50 white young adults went on to a black family's property yelling "this is our world", ..."this is a white world" and gang assaulted and beat one or more of the black family members requiring 5 days in the critical care unit...?
C'mon all you hypocrites... fess up.