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Oh The (Lack Of) Humanity!

A few days ago, a young Asian male was beaten and choked into unconsciousness by a black male. While the races and genders don’t really matter to us, what has people talking is the brutal savage nature of the attack.


In an unrelated incident, a 65 year old Asian woman was attacked by another black male. The male kicked and beat the woman for no apparent reason after saying “F*** you. Get out. You don’t belong here.”

The injuries to the woman were multiple contusions and a fractured pelvis.

The man was eventually identified and arrested.

Brandon Elliot, the man who is suspected of assaulting an Asian-American woman in New York City on Monday, was on parole at the time of his arrest for a murder he committed in 2002.

Elliot was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime, and one count each of attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault. He was allegedly seen in a viral video kicking a 65-year-old Asian-American woman in the stomach and then repeatedly kicking her once she fell to the ground.

The New York City Police Department arrested Elliot early Wednesday, within 48 hours of the attack.

He was convicted of fatally stabbing his mother in 2002, police told NBC News, and was released from prison in November 2019. He’s on lifetime parole, according to NBC News.

Elliot was also arrested in 2000 for robbery, the New York Police Department told Newsweek.

What struck us the most about these two attacks (and others that we have watched) is the reaction of onlookers.

In the subway attack, no one moved or stepped forward to intervene in that beating. No one stepped up and said “enough!” It was better to pull out cell phones and record what was happening or passively watch the assault as if it were some reality based entertainment provided by the New York Transit Authority to stem the boredom of a subway ride.

The attack on the 65 year old grandmother who was walking to church before being assaulted may be worse. There are three security men that are seen in the surveillance video who do nothing. They don’t lift a finger to stop the attack. What makes their actions even more horrific is that one of the men moves to close the doors to the building.

In a city like New York, where people constantly clamor for “justice,” “equality” and how “lives matter,” the “good citizens” of this woke city stood by and watched these attacks.

In 1982, the Christian rock group Petra released a song called “Rose Colored Stain Glass Windows.”

Partial lyrics of the song are this:

Another sleepy Sunday, safe within the walls
Outside a dying world in desperation calls
But no-one hears the cries, or knows what they’re about
The doors are locked within, or is it from, without…

Looking through rose colored stained glass windows
Never allowing the world to come in
Seeing no evil and feeling no pain
Making the light as it comes from within, so dim…

Out on the doorstep lay the masses in decay
Ignore them long enough, maybe they’ll go away
When you have so much you think, you have so much to lose
You think you have no lack, when you’re really destitute

Seems to us that is exactly what is happening these days. We don’t want to get involved – even to help a fellow human being – unless what is happening affects us directly.

We are more concerned with our heads being buried in cell phones checking the latest tweets, DM’s and Facebook pages then to notice and engage with the living, breathing people that are right in front of us.

Perhaps nothing personifies this more than the death of 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar, a Pakistani man who was killed after two teenaged girls ages 13 and 15, attacked the Uber Eats driver outside of Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The video of this incident is so bad that Youtube has an age restriction on the footage that does not blur the body of Anwar who is lying on the sidewalk. The girls attacked him with a tazer in order to steal his car and without help from bystanders, they drove off with Anwar clinging to the open door. When the vehicle crashed, Anwar was flung to the sidewalk. He was treated on the scene and at a hospital where he died. At around 00:50 seconds of the video, with the body of Anwar behind her, one of the teens starts screaming that she wanted to get her phone from the car.

After all, her phone is more important than the mangled body behind her.

We don’t think that anyone could have prevented these incidents from happening, but once they started, no one should have hesitated to stop them.

Sitting back, watching and doing nothing shows a lack of humanity and we need to change that.



2 Responses to “Oh The (Lack Of) Humanity!”

  1. Zendo Deb says:

    Kitty Genovese was not available for comment.

    This is not a new situation in New York. It is a long-standing issue.

    In case you’ve forgotten, her murder took place on March 13, 1964, outside her apartment building. She screamed for help. Many people heard her. No one reacted. No one called police. No one cared.

    In the 1990s, retired Chicago police detective J.J. Bittenbinder told people to yell “fire!” not “help!” If you’re calling for help, you are in trouble. If there is a fire, anyone who can hear you may be facing their home burning down.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Zendo Deb,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Whether or not it is a long standing issue in New York is not the point.

      We see this type of “not my problem, but I will film it for YouTube and WorldStar” all the time these days.

      As to the Kitty Genovese, the New York Times story that 37 people heard her yelling for help has long been debunked. Only two people heard her. That’s two too many that did nothing, but still it is not the mass number that the Times fabricated.

      We think that the world would be a better place if we looked out more for each other instead of burying out heads in cell phones or shutting out the world with earphones.

      This is one “tradition” that needs to be changed.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.

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