April 23, 2011
In all the reports of the vicious beating of a patron in a Baltimore McDonalds by other patrons while the staff looked on, not one I read mentioned the race of the victim, the attackers, the restaurant workers who helped the attackers escape or the other patron who managed to call the police.
Could it be because the attackers and the employees are black while the victim and telephone caller are white? LiveLeak finally pointed out the obvious.
At the end, the white victim is beaten until she has a seizure, at which point the camera operator warns the female attackers to flee, because the police are on the way. Note: he makes sure to repeatedly tell the criminal attackers to flee, instead of keeping them there for the police to apprehend.
4.19 pm EST UPDATE: response from Mc Donalds: "We are shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchised restaurant showing an assault. This incident is unacceptable, disturbing and troubling. McDonald's strives to be a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who visits. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of customers and employees in our restaurants. We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter."
If the situation were reversed, the incident would have dominated news and entertainment media, all ponderously discussing race relations focusing on the "pervasiveness of racism within American society."
But instead there is a lack of acknowledgment of the races involved, a nothing to see here, move along attitude.