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-- Obama's church: More about Africa than God? - 1/09/08
-- In Jena, 'truth' is real victim - 8/23/07
-- A cry for attention is not leadership - 2/23/05
-- The degradation of personal achievement - 7/01/03
-- Liberal damage to black America is enormous - 7/01/03
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Statue to honor black-power salute

May 16, 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Mychal Massie

Students at San Jose State University want to commemorate one of Olympic Games history's most controversial political statements with a "black-power salute" statue, the Associated Press reported.

Funds are being collected to honor the medal-winning athletes who stunned the world when they bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.

U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos give black-power salute at 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

Organizer Erik Grotz, a senior, found out only last year that sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos are San Jose State alumni and believes most students know nothing about them and the significance of the event, the AP said.

"I couldn't understand why the campus didn't acknowledge their efforts as student activists," said Grotz, according to the AP.

He thinks the protest would resonate with students today.

"It would be an inspiration to other students," he said. "It would prove to them they can make an impact now."

The university is offering its expertise to help organize the campaign, which is run by the Associated Students.

Smith and Carlos saw their salute as a rebuke of the U.S. for its treatment of blacks. They appeared on the medal stand without their shoes, wearing black socks as a symbol of black poverty and slavery.

Their protest was met with a chorus of boos and expulsion by the International Olympic Committee.

Smith said at the time, "I couldn't salute the flag in the accepted manner because it didn't represent me fully; only asking me to be great on the track and then obliging me to come home and be just another n-----."

"It was the fist that scared people ," Smith said. "White folks would have forgotten the black socks, the silk scarf and bowed head. But they saw that raised black fist and were afraid."

When the men returned home, they received many death threats and were forced to keep a low profile. More recently, however, the former athletes have been honored for their act, including recognition in 1998 to mark the 30th anniversary of the event.

The Associated Press said San Jose State students plan to hold a reception on the 35th anniversary of the salute, Oct. 16, to announce the monument's sculptor.

Alfonso de Alba, executive director of Associated Students, said it will provide an opportunity for the university to finally give the athlete's proper recognition.

"Thirty-five years ago they were chastised and shunned by the community," said Alba, according to the AP. "Years later, we want to say welcome back. This is the way it should have been."

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Liberal damage to black America is enormous

July 1, 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. WND.com

One of the most dangerous myths in our lifetime has been that liberalism and the Democratic Party are black America's best friends. For all of us who desperately want African-Americans to prosper, the destruction of this myth may be the single most important step to that end.

The recent Supreme Court decision affirming the centerpiece of liberal policy concerning blacks affirmative action provides a perfect example of a liberal policy that hurts blacks. If the Ku Klux Klan were given the responsibility to develop social policy to hurt blacks, they could not have come up with something more destructive.

Of course, unlike the Ku Klux Klan, liberals mean well. But that is irrelevant. All decent Americans, not only liberals, acknowledge that America has committed great injustices against its black citizens. Only they were kidnapped from their homelands, shipped like cattle, enslaved and then subjected to legal racism.

But acknowledging America's historic injustice and debt to blacks doesn't mean that whatever policy such acknowledgment leads to will necessarily help them. Neither guilt nor good intentions necessarily lead to anything positive. Affirmative action is a perfect example.

The first and most important reason affirmative action hurts blacks is that it renders black achievement suspect. Every campus that practices race-based affirmative action places every black student and professor there under a cloud: Did this individual really merit getting in? Or did the university lower its standards?

Anyone who denies this cloud is lying to himself. As is anyone who denies that black students do not know it's there. If I were black, I would weep because of affirmative action. All my work, everything that I have done on my own with no one's help, and sometimes against great odds, is, thanks to affirmative action alone, rendered suspect.

But, defenders of affirmative action respond, what about other students who have gained admission thanks to some form of affirmative action such as children of alumni?

The answer is that any student who got in thanks to Dad or Mom having been an alumnus or a big donor to the university would also be under a cloud of suspicion if everyone on campus knew at all times who they were. But there is one enormous difference between those students and black students few students know which ones have a parent who is an alumnus or a donor, but everyone knows who is black. If children of alumni all had to wear a red hat around campus 24 hours a day just as blacks wear black skin 24 hours a day, the fairness of their admission would also be suspect.

The second way in which race-based affirmative action injures blacks is that it perpetuates the racist myth that race is significant. The notion that racial diversity is important is itself based on this racist idea. It confuses cultural diversity a great asset to a university with racial diversity. It tells the black student that the rest of us regard him first and foremost as black. Yet, no white or Asian student thinks of himself this way, or is seen this way by others. Yet universities chisel this racist absurdity into students' hearts, minds and souls. Thanks to liberals, it will take yet another generation to identify people by their achievements and personalities rather than by their color.

Third, affirmative action tells blacks that America is so racist that they cannot achieve anything significant without having rules bent on their behalf. This is a libel on America, and it is utterly dispiriting to blacks.

Fourth, it discourages self-reliance and hard work. If you knew that wherever you went in life, you would be given special consideration because of your ethnicity or color, would you work as hard? Of course not. Affirmative action is race-based welfare.

Here's the proof of how toxic affirmative action is to blacks: Imagine a campus where the university announced that it had abolished all racial considerations in admitting students. How do you think the blacks at that college would be regarded by all other students? And how do you think blacks would regard themselves?

The answers are so obvious that it is entirely fair to state that the greatest enemies of black progress are white and black liberals. There is no doubt that one day a generation of blacks will realize this. And when they do, they will finally be free.

Dennis Prager, one of America's most respected and popular nationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts, is the author of several books and a frequent guest on television shows such as Larry King Live, Politically Incorrect, The Late Late Show on CBS, Rivera Live, The Early Show on CBS, Fox Family Network, The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes.

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The degradation of personal achievement

July 1, 2003 Mychal Massie WorldNetDaily.com

No state shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (Section 1, 14th Amendment)

Yet that is precisely the end result of Grutter v. Bolliger (University of Michigan Law School / Affirmative Action Case).

Ms. Grutter, a white Michigan resident, filed the suit alleging that the respondents had discriminated against her on the basis of race ... that she was rejected because the law school uses race as a "predominant factor," thereby giving favored status to applicants belonging to certain minority groups.

The Supreme Court recognized that Michigan seeks to "admit a group of students who individually and collectively are among the most capable." The law school looks for individuals with "substantial promise for success in law school" and "a strong likelihood of succeeding in the practice of law and contributing in diverse ways to the well being of others."

One would think that a resident applicant with a 3.8 GPA and 161 LSAT score would have an excellent chance of admission, but unfortunately for Ms. Grutter, being a female is no longer "minority enough;" she needed to be a black female that would have assured her the winning hand.

The Court wrote: "In reviewing an applicant's file, admissions officials must consider the applicant's undergraduate grade point average and law school admissions test score, because they are important (if imperfect) predictors of academic success in law school."

But the Court incomprehensibly wrote "the policy makes clear, however, that even the highest possible score does not guarantee admission to the Law School. Nor does a low score automatically disqualify an applicant. Because grades and test scores are coupled with a flexible assessment of applicants' talents, experiences and potential to contribute to the learning of those around them."

The Court's rendering begins to sound a lot like an "American Idol" program.

In this writer's opinion, the court could not have been more wrong, nor could the majority have danced a finer line.

One would hope their opinion was a pusillanimous display of gutlessness; because if not, the only consideration left is that the majority Court is intent on benevolence toward blacks and the punishment of whites for that which they are no more responsible today than were most during the slave-trading days.

Only in the mind of liberal judicial activists can portions of the Constitution be disregarded for agenda-driven racist positions.

Ms. Grutter played by the rules; she worked hard and she studied hard in pursuit of her goal of attending University of Michigan Law School. No one would care nor should they if she were denied admission because of a black applicant with a 4.0 GPA and a 170 LSAT score. At that point, fine to the best applicant goes the seat. But the Court acknowledged that race and race alone carried the day for another student over Ms. Gutter. Yet they did nothing to correct the wrong, they compounded it.

How can any self-respecting black be expected to hold their head up and take pride in their accomplishment when deep in the core of their being they know the truth? "It's not because I'm the best, it is because I'm black."

Where does this madness stop? If a white athlete wins an Olympic qualifying race, should the officials say, "Wait a minute; we're giving the win to the black guy (who finished 10th) because Tommy Smith and John Carlos were dismissed from the 1968 Olympic Games" Jesse Owens notwithstanding.

This ruling is neither a step forward, nor is it a moment to be celebrated. It is a moment for logical minds to shake their heads in disgust.

The high court, specifically Sandra Day O'Connor, would do well to remember, that it is the opportunity that every man, woman and child shares in common through the Constitution that extends mobility not benevolence toward a particular racial group at the expense of those not responsible for past ills, in an attempt to assuage a white liberal's conscience and keep black votes on the plantation.

The blatant disregard for the document which sets America apart from all others, in an attempt to cover for some injustice (perceived or otherwise) is the degradation of personal achievement.

Mychal S. Massie is an op-ed columnist and talk-radio guest host. He also makes regular appearances on political and community-oriented programs in the Philadelphia, Pa. area, is a self-employed business owner of 30 years and a frequent inspirational speaker.

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A cry for attention is not leadership

February 23, 2005 By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson WorldNetDaily.com

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader (Even a broken clock is sometimes right.)

You don't normally pick up Jet Magazine and expect to find something incisive. But the Jan. 31 issue surprised me though inadvertently with an anonymously authored article titled, "Civil Rights Groups: Why They're Essential Today."

What "Anonymous" tried to do was to profile five current civil-rights groups who were also prominent in the '60s, with the hope of showing just how relevant they still are.

What "Anonymous" actually profiles is a cry for attention. The responses of these organizations' leaders are amazing in their uniformity all five essentially get down on their hands and knees and beg for attention.

Take National Urban League President Mark H. Morial, who has this to say:

I think civil-rights organizations are very important, but have the new challenge of reaching out to the younger professionals as well as the hiphop generation. We have to reach out to them so they can gain a better understanding of the history that created the opportunities that many of them enjoy today.

Translated: "Groups like ours are important because we explain to people why we were once important so they might think that we are still important so that we, in turn, can still feel like we're important."

Wait. It gets better.

Julian Bond, Board Chairman of the NAACP, "is in agreement with Morial when he states that a number of blacks, both young and old, tend to make the mistake of thinking the struggle for civil rights is over." Says Bond:

We know that there is a large body of opinion in America that says that racial discrimination isn't the problem anymore ... [but] we know that it's still a pervasive problem affecting every black American no matter how wealthy or how poor, and we're determined to root it out.

This statement seems to say that many blacks are too dumb to notice a problem so horrendous that it affects every one of them pervasively. Read between the lines. Bond is indignant that instead of coming to his organization whimpering, blacks have opted to reject excuses. Imagine.

Meanwhile, Southern Christian Leadership Council President Charles Steele is nearly hysterical. "We are relevant," he insists; "we are pregnant [with causes] and we are prevalent." In fact, the SCLC is neither relevant nor prevalent (when was the last time you heard from the SCLC?) and this is because their causes apply to a world 50 years past.

For his part, Al Sharpton notes that his National Action Network exists "because it's only a matter of time before it comes to your job, or your door, or your car being pulled over." Apparently he's being serious (the article does not explicitly confirm), in which case enough said.

The article also discusses Jesse Jackson, who somehow has become so irrelevant that nothing in his profile is worth attention.

If these men were not so wicked, their railings of "We're important!" and "We're relevant!" would be sad.

Fortunately, they and their groups are now irrelevant. This is in part their own doing. None of these men were ever real leaders to begin with. Their goal is not to set people free, but to keep them weak and dependent. It's no accident their usefulness wore out and they've been confined to the periphery of the lives of most hard-working black Americans.

More and more blacks are now aware of their poisonous message of racism, hopelessness, and hatred.

Blacks don't need leaders, and haven't for decades. No man or woman needs a leader hard work and responsibility are sufficient. Meanwhile, black youth like all youth need little more than strong moral examples in their families and communities.

To this end, my organization, BOND, is co-sponsoring a conference with the Heritage Foundation titled, "Responding to the Call: The New Black Vanguard Conference," tomorrow in Washington, D.C. This historic conference will address the problems of moral and physical destruction in America's inner cities and respond to the attacks on black heroes like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Justice Clarence Thomas. It will lay out solutions that all blacks can pursue for themselves without help from any leader. The conference will abide by the true purpose of leadership: to create more leaders, not followers.

The era of wicked and useless black leadership is thankfully waning, and a new day of true freedom is on the horizon. That's beautiful news for black American ... with several obvious exceptions of course!

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, and author of "Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America."

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 In Jena, 'truth' is real victim

Posted: October 23, 2007 Mychal Massie WND.com

A staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle contacted Project 21's office seeking comments for a piece he was writing about Jena, La., and a "black MoveOn" wannabe. During the interview, I asked if he had personally spoken to Donald Washington, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. He answered no, but said he had seen/heard "him on television." Which brings me to my point.

The media have failed miserably in accurately and truthfully reporting the news. And I submit the violent attack by seven black youths on one unsuspecting white youth in Jena at the end of a school lunch period as proof. That unprovoked act of barbarism had nothing to do with the noose incident that took place three months earlier. Let me explain.

The public has been led to believe that the genesis of the attack had to do with nooses found hanging on a tree at the school. They have been led to believe that racial hatred in Jena is rife and that this series of events proves it. However, the true facts provide a different reality.

On Aug. 30, 2006, "an all male school assembly at Jena High School was held. Many items were discussed including rules and policies of the school for the upcoming school year. [Toward] the end of the assembly, one black student jokingly asked Assistant Principal Gawen Burgess if black students were permitted to sit underneath the tree in the center of the campus. The question brought laughter from everyone black and white alike. Burgess [responded] 'Don't even go there. You know you can sit anywhere you want.' [He] and the students knew the remark was made to gain laughter as a joke, not as a serious question. [More jokes followed, although not about the tree], before the lighthearted assembly was dismissed." (The Jena Times; "Chronological Order of Events Concerning 'Jena Six'"; Oct. 4, 2007.)

The following morning two crudely constructed nylon ski rope nooses were found hanging from the tree referenced the day before. Only the students who arrived before 7:55 a.m. saw the nooses. The overwhelming majority of the students did not find out about the nooses until the following week, when media reports began to surface. The students responsible for placing the nooses were identified and removed from school with such harsh penalties as are consistent with a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior.

An extensive criminal investigation concluded there was no racial motivation behind the nooses. They were meant as a prank the act itself being copied from a scene in a movie. The three offending students were investigated and interviewed by persons at every level of authority. The results of the investigation led everyone to the same conclusion: As hard as it may be for some to believe, the students had no understanding that nooses could be construed as an insult to some blacks. (That being said, I'm reasonably certain the descendents of those who crossed paths with Isaac Charles Parker, aka "The Hanging Judge," and Judge Roy Bean may beg to differ pursuant to who has the pre-eminent right to be offended by nooses.) Every investigator and interviewer, including those from the civil rights division of the U.S. attorney's office, reached the same conclusion. The students did not act out of hatred and were truly remorseful. They had many black friends whom they were sorry to have potentially offended.

What is not in question is the lack of remorse shown by Michael Bell and his posse. Despite the media doing their level best to foment racial tension, there were no reports of any violence or destruction from Sept. 9 to Nov. 30, 2006. But on Dec. 4, 2006, what has been described as one of the most violent attacks in Jena High School history was orchestrated by Bell and six other black students on one unsuspecting white student. From all evidence and witness statements gathered, the attack of Justin Barker by Bell, Robert Bailey and the five others had nothing whatsoever to do with, nor was it connected in any way to, the noose incident three months earlier.

According to witnesses, the seven jumped the white male, beating him unconscious, with Bell delivering the first blow. It was an unprovoked and cowardly attack. Even for the sake of argument, if Barker had done something untoward, we live in a civilized society Bell and the others should have reported the offense to a proper authority.

But the plaintive cry has been that the white boogeyman is out to get these poor innocent black youths. The truth is not one of them is innocent. They committed an unprovoked, violent attack that could have led to a death. One can argue that it was intended to severely maim, if not kill, the victim. But that fact has been dismissed by the race mongers. The media has chosen to overlook the fact that the 16-year-old Bell has a continued history of violence as a juvenile, with at least four different arrests for violence. He was on juvenile probation during some of the arrests and was on probation when he attacked Barker.

Contrary to media accounts and protests of the cadre of usual race hustlers including Jackson and Sharpton it was not "just an after-school fight." It was a horrific, unprovoked act of extreme violence. There is no other way to truthfully put it. Nor was the attack in any way brought about by the noose incident. While there have been disassociated acts during the past 14 months since the noose incident, none has been related to it. Not one.

Still, the race mongers, enjoined by the media, continue to paint Jena as a hotbed of racial injustice, and portray Bell and the others as victims. The true victim in Jena is the "truth." Once again, it is the "truth" that has been kicked to the curb in favor of lies that give theater to those Magdalenians who foment immiseration and malcontent as a means of commerce.

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 Obama's church: More about Africa than God?

Chicago congregation has 'non-negotiable commitment' to 'mother continent'

January 9, 2008 By Ron Strom WorldNetDaily.com

While some election commentators are looking carefully at the level of devotion Sen. Barack Obama has to Islam, it is the strong African-centered and race-based philosophy of the senator's United Church of Christ that has some bloggers crying foul.

Obama and Wright

Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is where Obama was baptized as a Christian two decades ago, even borrowing the title for one of his books, "The Audacity of Hope," from a sermon by his senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The first paragraph of the "About Us" section of the church's website mentions the word "black" or "Africa" five times:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian. ... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Focus on the African continent continues in two of the 10-point vision of the church:

A congregation committed to ADORATION.

A congregation preaching SALVATION.

A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.

A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.

A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.

A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.

A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.

A congregation committed to LIBERATION.

A congregation committed to RESTORATION.

A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

Commented Florida blogger "Ric" in discussing vision No. 4: "Commitment to Africa? I thought Christians were to have a commitment to God alone?"

The blogger continued: "First off just by this 10-point layout describing Barack Obama's church, we see that on some issues they are not clear. Even though it sounds good to the reader, it still leaves one guessing and not knowing where they truly stand as a congregation.

"Second, the church seems to place Africa and African people before God, and says nothing about other races in their community or a commitment to help the people in their community.

"Third, the church seems to promote communism by the term they use called 'economic parity.' Is this what Barack Obama truly believes?"

On another page on the website, Pastor Wright explains his theology, saying it is "based upon the systematized liberation theology that started in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Cone's book, 'Black Power and Black Theology.'

"Black theology is one of the many theologies in the Americas that became popular during the liberation theology movement. They include Hispanic theology, Native American theology, Asian theology and Womanist theology."

Wright rebuts those who might call his philosophy racist, saying, "To have a church whose theological perspective starts from the vantage point of black liberation theology being its center is not to say that African or African-American people are superior to any one else.

"African-centered thought, unlike Eurocentrism, does not assume superiority and look at everyone else as being inferior."

The church's official mission statement says it has been "called by God to be a congregation that is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that does not apologize for its African roots!"

The Jan. 6 Sunday bulletin had an announcement about how to register for the winter Bible study held by the "Center for African Biblical Studies."

Another page in the 36-page bulletin announced the "Black and Christian New Member Class." All those wanting to become full-fledged members of Trinity "MUST complete your new member class!" warned the announcement, which included a schedule of class times. There was no mention of what class a prospective member might take if he or she were not black.

Demonstrating the church's quest toward "economic parity," one of the associate pastors, the Rev. Reginald Williams Jr., wrote a blurb in the bulletin decrying the powers that be for not making "fresh food stores" available in the black neighborhoods of Chicago.

Wrote Williams in a discussion of infant mortality in the black community: "In West Englewood, one of the five worst areas in the city, McDonald's restaurants abound, while fresh food stores are lacking. The same resources should be made available in each and every neighborhood in this city.

"This is an issue which we must all attack. We must push our policymakers for programs for health education, good stores for proper nutrition and access to health care."

The thought for the day on the same page was a quote from former Rep. Shirley Chisholm: "Health is a human right, not a privilege to be purchased."

Obama recently talked about his faith with the Concord, N.H., Monitor.

"I've always said that my faith informs my values, and in that sense it helps shape my worldview, and I don't think anyone should be required to leave their religious sensibilities at the door," Obama told the paper last week. "But we have to translate those concerns into a universal language that can be subject to argument and doesn't turn into a contest of any one of us thinking that God is somehow on our side."

The candidate told the Monitor he doesn't buy everything his pastor proclaims, saying: "There are some things I agree with my pastor about, some things I disagree with him about. I come from a complex racial background with a lot of different strains in me: white, black, I grew up in Hawaii. I tend to have a strong streak of universalism, not just in my religious beliefs, but in my ethical and moral beliefs."

Obama's popularity has soared in the last several days, with journalists from NBC even admitting to getting caught up in the "feel good" aura of the campaign.

As WND reported, the network's Brian Williams noted on MSNBC yesterday: ""[Reporter] Lee [Cowan] says it's hard to stay objective covering this guy. Courageous for Lee to say, to be honest. ... I think it is a very interesting dynamic."

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Akron police investigate teen mob attack on family Phil Trexler

Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 07:44 p.m. EDT, Jul 07, 2009

Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.

But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.

It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.

The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.

''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''

They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall's friend as he stood outside with the others.

When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.

His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground.

His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.

''My thing is,'' Marshall said, ''I didn't want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything.

''I'm lucky. They didn't break my ribs or bruise my ribs. I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.''

After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off. The Marshalls' two adult male friends were not seriously hurt.

''I don't think I thought at that moment when I tried to jump in,'' Rachel Marshall said. ''But when I was laying on the ground, I was just scared.''

Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.

The construction worker said he now fears for his family's safety, and the thousands of dollars in medical bills he faces without insurance.

''I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,'' Marshall said. ''But I did it to protect my family. I didn't have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.''

Akron police are investigating. Right now, the case is not being classified as a racial hate crime. There were no other reports of victims assaulted by the group that night.

The department's gang unit is involved in the investigation, police said.

''We don't know if it's a known gang, or just a group of kids,'' police Lt. Rick Edwards said.

The Marshalls say they fear retaliation at home or when they go outside. They are considering arming themselves, but they're concerned about the possible problems that come with guns.

For now, they are hoping police can bring them suspects. They believe they can identify several of the attackers.

''This makes you think about your freedom,'' Marshall said. ''In all reality, where is your freedom when you have this going on?''

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Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com.

Martin Marshall (right) recounts the attack by a group of teens on himself and his family while they were watching a Fourth of July fireworks display in Firestone Park. His daughter, Rachel Hopson, 15, (left) and wife, Yvonne Marshall, listen. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)

View larger version>> Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.

But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.

It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.

The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.

''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''

They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall's friend as he stood outside with the others.

When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.

His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground.

His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.

''My thing is,'' Marshall said, ''I didn't want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything.

''I'm lucky. They didn't break my ribs or bruise my ribs. I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.''

After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off. The Marshalls' two adult male friends were not seriously hurt.

''I don't think I thought at that moment when I tried to jump in,'' Rachel Marshall said. ''But when I was laying on the ground, I was just scared.''

Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.

The construction worker said he now fears for his family's safety, and the thousands of dollars in medical bills he faces without insurance.

''I knew I was going to get beat, but not as bad as I did,'' Marshall said. ''But I did it to protect my family. I didn't have a choice. There was no need for this. We should be all getting along. But to me, it seems to be racist.''

Akron police are investigating. Right now, the case is not being classified as a racial hate crime. There were no other reports of victims assaulted by the group that night.

The department's gang unit is involved in the investigation, police said.

''We don't know if it's a known gang, or just a group of kids,'' police Lt. Rick Edwards said.

The Marshalls say they fear retaliation at home or when they go outside. They are considering arming themselves, but they're concerned about the possible problems that come with guns.

For now, they are hoping police can bring them suspects. They believe they can identify several of the attackers.

''This makes you think about your freedom,'' Marshall said. ''In all reality, where is your freedom when you have this going on?''
 


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