The Tragic Tale Of NYC Racial Attack Victim Jeffrey Babbitt

Jeffrey Babbitt did not deserve to die this way. On Monday, the 62-year-old died after a brutal beating in NYC. His attacker screamed “I hate white people,” before assaulting Babbitt and others in Union Square Park. The attack was random and without provocation. Babbitt is dead for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Except for being white and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There is no rhyme or reason for this senseless violence. On Monday, 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt died from injuries he received in a brutal beating last week by a single black assailant. On that day, 31-year-old Lashawn Marten was playing chess in Union Square before going on a rampage. The attack came out of nowhere.

Jeffrey Babbitt
Jeffrey Babbitt

Marten said ‘the next white person who walks by I’m going to [expletive],’” one woman told CBS New York. “His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground.”

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Jeffrey Babbitt was that man, the one who’s skull was crushed as he hit the ground. The attack happened that fast. And after attacking Babbitt, he wasn’t finished.

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He stood there and hit two more people and asked for the police to come,” Michael Benson said.

The other two people who were attacked survived. But Babbitt was comatose after the brutal assault. Why? This is the question everyone across the nation is asking in regards to these random acts of senseless violence. This is unadulterated rage, the very definition of a hate crime. But the obvious question that has yet to be addressed is why these kinds of brutal black on white attacks are not widely reported or condemned?

There is nothing crueler than bashing a stranger’s skull with such force that it shatters. This is a symptom of lawlessness in a cold and uncaring society.

Jeffrey Babbitt’s death is being investigated by the NYPD as a possible hate crime and rightfully so. The frenzied, savage attack is abhorrence personified. And even sadder still, Babbitt’s 94-year old mother is left without her son, who was her primary caretaker.

Jeff Ayers, the manager at Forbidden Planet said he knew Babbitt for years and expressed his sadness over the loss to the Times. “He was just a really, really, really sweet guy,” Ayers, told the Times. “One of our staff just had a baby and he was dying to see pictures.”

This is the personification of racial violence today. Attacks out of nowhere, without provocation, and at random. The worst part is that no one can predict when an attack of this nature will occur.

Leshawn Marten
Lashawn Marten

Politicians want to take away guns in the hopes of ridding society of violence. But that leaves knives and other such weapons. And in this case, a fist is just as deadly as a blunt instrument. This is the scariest part of the story. Jeffrey Babbitt didn’t stand a chance against a wild animal coming at him with both fists to his skull.

We’re a sin sick society. And the symptoms of cultural decay are rampant. Plagued with violence and filled with hate, this is the kind of crime that demonstrates the black hole that is America today. No love for a stranger, only blind rage.

Lashawn Marten is a monster and should be given the stiffest punishment possible for this crime. But he is just a symptom of a greater societal problem of racial hate. Though everyone will deny that this isn’t a societal reality, every day there is further proof that racial hate crimes are an epidemic in our society, and they show no sign of slowing down. The pace just continues to accelerate.

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