Thursday, June 21, 2007

Insanity in Texas: A Mob Beats An Innocent Man To Death And I'm Really Pissed!

Is anyone else as upset as I am about the recent attack of an innocent man in Texas? I mean regardless of who, what, or even what you did, you DO NOT deserve to be attacked! I am sickened, saddened, and disturbed at what our world is coming to. I am so angry that I could spit! I want to scream and yell and cry every time I read stories like this. Some people will probably make this a race issue-but its not! It's about human friggin' dignity. You don't have to look far to find the destructive side of mob mentality. In fact, your head would have to buried in the sand to miss it. Ku Klux Klan lynchings. Soccer-stadium tramplings. Woodstock II. The L.A. riots. Clearly, mobs have great potential for doing harm and this story just proves it.

They say that the crowd had a "mob mentality," what does that mean? The dictionary definition for "mob mentality" as a large disorderly crowd or throng; the mass of common people regarded as ignorant or otherwise deficient That sounds about right to me. But, does the fact that these stupid people in Austin, Texas are idiots excuse what they did? No. It gives them an excuse. There's a difference. Read on...

David Morales,a 41-year-old house painter, had hitched a ride home with a co-worker Tuesday night , was killed by an angry mob in Austin, TX on Tuesday after the car he was riding in struck a small child after entering an apartment complex. When the driver exited the car to check on the child, he was confronted by the crowd, who started to attack him. Morales, the passenger, then went to assist the driver, and the mob turned on him, leaving him beaten and bleeding to death on the ground. Police are seeking witnesses to identify members of the group that attacked Morales and the driver (who managed to escape after the initial attack). The child was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Fans of the TV show C.S.I. may feel a sense of deja vu. A similar incident, in which a crowd killed a taxi driver whom they mistakenly thought had hit a woman and was trying to flee a scene was called, "Blood Lust."

According to reports about 25 to 30 people were jumping on this guy, hitting him everywhere, kicking, stomping on him. Police are describing Morales as a Good Samaritan who was riding in a car that accidentally struck a child. He was trying to stop an angry mob from hurting the driver and ended up getting killed by the crowd. By the way, the child is OK. But police don't know why the incident became deadly. Morales got out of the car to help his friend when, police say, crowd of people punched Morales and smashed his head on the pavement. He later died at the hospital. "He was just the kind of person who would help anybody out if they needed it," his sister said. Police say a small crowd gathered as Morales came to the aid of his friend who had hit the child with the car. Before he knew it Morales was attacked. Hispanic and African American leaders, fearing that the incident would create racial tension because the victim was Hispanic and the assailants were thought to be black, urged people to keep their emotions in check. Investigators said they have no indication that the attack was racially motivated. The beating occurred about a block from where thousands of people gathered at Rosewood Park celebrating Juneteenth, or June 19, marking the day slaves were emancipated in Texas in 1865.Austin police initially said that up to 3,000 people were in the area when the driver and Morales were attacked, but they reduced that number as they got more information. By midafternoon, it was down to 300 peopleand by the evening, three or four men might have participated in the assault. By the time someone dialed 911 and the first officers arrived, the crowd was gone. Most of their information about what occurred came from the driver. They're holding onto hope witnesses will come forward.

That doesn't surprise me. Why would anyone have the common decency to get involved? How low on the moral totem pole do you have to be to watch something as disturbing as this - for whatever the reason - and not get involved? I searched high and low for articles on this in the Austin newspapers this morning. In all of the websites for the local papers, I couldn't find the story. Local TV had it but it was buried deep. So then I decided to look for other bloggers who I thought may have been pissed off too but found none. I decided to check the Opinions & Comments of the local papers. I found one comment and here it is - Happy “Juneteenth”. What? What the hell is going on here. What have we really apathetic bunch of idiots. It seems like the people of Texas are trying to bury this story big time.

My heart goes out to his family...I'm sure they'll never really get over this one. It's time we got off our asses and get involved. I hope these faceless pricks in Texas get caught. I don't want to beat them to death, just let them rot in hell. Heck, they got off better than David Morales. Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

But this time...I'm not!