A hate crime is a hate crime no matter what race you are

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Shocker, the New York Times got it wrong again.

The ultra-liberal, mamby-pamby editors of the Gray Lady didn’t have the guts to point out that Sheepshead Bay Resident Jeffrey Babbitt was the victim of a hate crime when he was punched and killed by a black man in Manhattan last week.

How did the times headline the story?

Fatally assaulted in possible random hate crime.”

Are you kidding? Babbitt, the 62 year-old, retired MTA train operator, was the wrong white man in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now he is dead, and the editors of the Paper of Record need to take their heads out of their posterior and call a hate crime a hate crime. No “ands,” “ifs,” or “possibles” about it.

The alleged thug, Lashawn Marten, reportedly assaulted Mr. Babbitt after he shouted, “I’m going to punch the first white man I see,” right before Mr. Babbitt unfortunately walked by. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty biased and hate-fueled to me.

So my question is, “Hey Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Obama, where are you now?” I’d like to know why you haven’t grabbed the mic and declared your wrath over this most definite hate-bias crime.

Well, it’s clear as day that Mr. Sharpton is busy looking for just the right hate crime to get his picture in the paper and our president, Mr. Obama, is too busy making disappearing red lines in the sand with Syria to be worried about Mr. Babbitt. It’s funny how both Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Obama seem to suffer from a terrible case of selective righteousness.

Trayvon Martin was important enough for Mr. Sharpton’s speechifying and action as well as the president to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Trayvon’s parents, but not Jeffrey Babbitt, whose 94-year-old mother is now left bereft and alone. Who will pat Mrs. Babbitt on the shoulder and commiserate with her loss? Will Mr. Sharpton run to be by her side? Will the president make a special visit to Brooklyn to hold her hand and shed a tear at her son’s loss?

No one should be attacked, whether black, white, red, or green. We have come to a point in our evolution where these crimes must stop occurring.

But the bigger point is that when they do, everyone — every single one of us — should raise our indignation to the highest voice and defend those that are assaulted. Mr. Sharpton and Mr. President included. The unbridled greedy need for publicity should not be the criteria for them to raise their voices and put their mouths to good use, defending all that are victimized because of race.

And the media needs to get on board too. I don’t read a paper or listen to the nightly news to hear an opinion, I’m looking to hear the facts, just the facts. The media’s responsibility is to report the news, not their opinions and slanted views.

Not for Nuthin,™ but Jeffrey Babbitt deserves the same indignation as Trayvon Martin. And their ain’t no “possibles” about it.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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