Detroit Teenager Commits Hate Crime (Literature)

A young Detroit teenager was recently charged with assault and a hate crime after beating a suburban man in the street. The offender, was a 16 year old Africa America¬†boy who was faced with intimidation counts for beating Steve Utash, a 54 year old Caucasian male. The teenager was further aided by four adults, who were also African America; the boy was the first one charged, out of the five. Kim Worthy,¬†the prosecutor, said, “In the case of the 16-year-old charged as a juvenile we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the rimes of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation, in the case of the four adults charged the facts and the evidence does not support a charge of ethnic intimidation.”

This story is very sad to really read. It seems as though the kid had no real motive to attack the man, other than the fact that his skin was different. The amount of internal and built up hate is evident in this useless outburst of ethnic hate. I feel as though this is really immature and that the boys impulses were what drew him into acting on his emotions. The worst part about the situation is that the four adult, who should know better, just decided to aid the boy with no real purpose; It’s like “the dumb leading the blind” or in this case, “the intolerant leading the ignorant.” The shows real pent-up hate and allows people to view hate that is unnecessary.

In comparing this, I’d most likely view it with “Night.” The reason I chose to do this is because the whole scenario was based off an erratically racial hate. Like the camp leaders in night, the boy was the only one with a real racial hatred; everyone else was just following orders. We don’t personally know how they felt about the situation but we can assume a lot of them were just blindly following the leader.