On an evening back on April 14 in Norfolk, Virginia a couple was stopped at a red light when a crowd of teenagers threw a rock at the window of their car. A scuffle ensued, but no local news was made of the all-too-common scene. This was until Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly caught wind of the story and made it national news of the ‘white’ couple and ‘black’ group of teens. With stories such as this and of the Trayvon Martin case, the right wing media has been talking of a rising “race war” between whites and blacks. Buzzfeed has the story:
It was near midnight on April 14 when the Chevy Cavalier carrying Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami rolled to a stop at a red light in Norfolk, Va. As the pair waited, one of a crowd of teenagers on the sidewalk threw a rock at the passenger seat window, prompting Forster to get out of the car and confront the aggressor.
That’s when the beating began.
Forster later said the crowd swarmed, taking turns punching and kicking him in the ribs and face. When Rostami got out to help, the attackers moved on to her, pulling her hair and dealing one blow after another. Police eventually arrived, the crowd dispersed, and the victims were left shaken and bruised, but not gravely injured. Local authorities wrote it off as an all-too-routine assault in a city whose violent crime rate is well above the state average. Even the Norfolk newspaper where the victims worked, the Virginian-Pilot, skipped the story, which the editor deemed un-newsworthy. That was before BillO’Reilly found out about it.
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