A little over six months ago, Ray Widstrand stopped to check out a group of black people that were fighting down the road from his house, what happened next changed his life forever.
Widstrand thought he had nothing to fear in his St. Paul neighborhood since the media and local politicians were all rather silent on the growing number of black-on-white crimes being committed, however shortly after stopping to see what was going on the crowd turned on him, leaving him in a coma.
“The first person who struck him had hit him with a can in a sock,” said one witness in a police report. “The man went down and a ‘whole bunch of little eastside boys’ began to kick the man. She saw them strip him of his pants and go through the pockets.”
The mob scattered after police arrived at the scene, and Ray was left for dead.
“He had blood coming from his nose and mouth and was unresponsive,” said the police report. “As of August 8th, the prognosis for recovery is slight, and should he live, he will suffer permanent and protracted loss of brain function.”
His father told a group of reporters at a press conference that Ray didn’t feel the neighborhood was dangerous. He was a good and gentle person, who was very kind and sweet according to his friends and family. He was never out to harm anyone and was an aspiring filmmaker who worked with a local cable access show that dealt with “meeting neighbors, making friends.”
Unfortunately for Ray, the problem of violence against white people had been increasing in the area and those who could make a difference were silent.
One man from St. Paul, Bob Fox said that “This is not super uncommon,” in the reader comment section of the Pioneer Press. “I have seen a white guy or two get surrounded and beat down and robbed quite a few times. Around the bus stops at 5th and Minnesota and 6th and Minnesota are the worst. Damn right it is a hate crime. They attack like a pack of wolves.”
Ray ended up undergoing multiple surgeries for his injuries and suffered brain damage along with losing part of his skull. One of his attackers was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the attack back in January.
This brings to light a growing trend across America as we hear reports of the “Knockout Game” happening and other incidents of mob violence against unsuspecting white people.
One such instance happened in Houston just this past February where a group of thugs attacked a few white guys who were seemingly minding their own business. The incident happened just a block away from the police station yet it went on for quite some time before anyone helped.
Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case these incidents have been growing at an alarming rate, and unfortunately the media has been silent on them. In addition to the media silence leaders within the black community, like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, have failed to condemn the violence and only serve to perpetuate the racial tensions through race-baiting comments.
Until we’re willing to take a stand against this type of violence it will only continue and get worse. By ignoring it and allowing those responsible to not be held accountable for their actions nothing will ever change.