Racially motivated attacks regardless of the race of the perpetrators and the race of the victims should not be tolerated. Also, this could present an opportunity to have a constructive discussion of race. We at Windy City Watch believe that strong condemnations of any and all racism is the only way to move this country forward. The question should not be whether or not its a hate crime or gang initiation, it would appear that this is a HATE CRIME that was most likely the result of a gang initiation.
Akron Beacon Journal: Akron police investigate teen mob attack on family
By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer
Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.
But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.
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.