Crime is Crime No Matter Which Ethnic Festival or Community Celebration it Happens At.
First off, the man who was pulled from his car – apparently at random – yesterday and beaten by a mob deserves sympathy from the community and all the best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. The mob that committed the brutal act deserves the nothing less than an aggressive prosecution and absolute justice.
That said, once again the entire right wing media machine in Wisconsin has found an issue that they’re using in their continuing attempt to make inner city Milwaukee and anything having to do with the African American community appear in a bad light. They’ve got a bunch of thugs on camera beating a white man, and that’s just the type of thing that re-enforces their narrative that the City is no place for decent folks, and everyone that cares about their kids should pick up and join them in the absolute squeeky clean safety of the suburbs.
And to their point that this crime that happened near an African American festival reflects poorly on the entire African American community, I’d simply ask if they would be willing to apply the same misguided logic to every fight and beating that happens at any of Milwaukee’s ethnic festivals during the summer months.
When a large group of thugs break the law at Germanfest or Polishfest or Italianfest or Festa Mexicana, does that indict the entire ethnic group that happens to be celebrating the event in relative peace and frivolity? Of course it doesn’t, nor does the morality of the entire African American community deserve to be dragged through the mud by right wing media and bloggers throughout Wisconsin.