Jewish World Review Jan. 2, 2000 / 7 Teves, 5761
Ignoring a hate crime in D.C.
HERE IN THE LAND of pontificators and tolerance preachers, a hateful crime goes unpunished. President Clinton, our lame duck lip-biter, is
nowhere to be found. Neither are the chest-beaters at the New York Times. And the rainbow coalition of loud-mouthed minority leaders, always
on the ready to exploit racial divisions, seems to have vanished into thin air.
One month ago this week, cowardly goons firebombed the A-1 grocery store in Northeast Washington. No one was injured. But the pipe bomb,
tossed into the store’s entrance, roasted the front of the building. The vandals also spraypainted racist epithets and threats all over the
establishment’s outer wall.
If the owner of the store had been black, and the neighborhood white, this violent incident in the nation’s capital would have undoubtedly
made front-page headlines and the nightly news. Instead, it merited a grand total of two stories in the mainstream press – one in each metro
section of the Washington Post and Washington Times – and a brief editorial in the Post. "It just didn’t get a lot of media attention," Lt. Scott
Dignan of the D.C. police told me this week.
Dignan surmises that the presidential election might have overshadowed the firebombing. But he also notes that the case didn’t lend itself to
the "easy soundbites" that often accompany other high-profile
hate crimes. That’s because the victim of this assault is of Asian descent – Korean immigrant Frank Han – and his vocal enemies are members
of the hatemongering New Black Panther Party, founded by ex-Nation of Islam official Khallid Muhammad.
The New Black Panther Party had been boycotting the grocery story since Nov. 22, when Han tried to stop a black teenage girl from
shortchanging him over an ice cream bar. According to the store owners, the item was 65 cents but the 14-year-old put only a quarter on the
counter and then attempted to leave. Surveillance video reportedly showed Han trying to detain the girl – who then initiated a melee by
punching Han in the face. Han struck back in self-defense, he says, and the girl’s two friends (all of whom had ditched school) joined in
attacking him. Others entered the scene, ransacking and stealing from the store.
Instead of condemning the youths for breaking school rules and terrorizing a local, law-abiding business, radical black activists demonstrated
at the store chanting "black power," "shut ‘em down," and "death to the bloodsucker." The Washington Times reported that one "field
marshal" for the group shouted into a megaphone: "We will use all means necessary, any means necessary, to shut this store down." Malik
Shabazz, a Black Panther attorney, accused the [ital]store[ital] of "stealing" in an "exploitive relationship, or what some people call
"Bloodsucker" is a pet term of the New Black Panther Party, hurled at Asians, Jews, whites, and anyone else making an honest living instead of
carping about racism.
Shabazz said his group had nothing to do with the firebombing. Yet, the message of the boycotters was the same message the bombers left at
the store: "Burn them down, Shut them down, Black Power!" The group’s leader, Khallid Muhammad, is infamous for his embrace of race-based
violence. He advised the new black-led government of South Africa to murder all whites who refused to the leave the country: "We kill the
women. We kill the babies, we kill the blind. We kill the cripples. We kill them all…." He also praised Colin Ferguson, the Long Island commuter
train gunman who slaughtered whites and Asian-Americans in a racist rage.
From New York to Los Angeles, black resentment against Asian-American entrepreneurs has boiled into violence. Few dare to denounce it for
fear of antagonizing a politically-protected group that disguises its hatred behind a cloak of victimhood. This corrupt racial double standard
An FBI spokesman told me the agency completed an investigation into the firebombing last week. The incoming Bush administration can show
its commitment to civil rights – and begin the "healing" -- by prosecuting the hate-filled perpetrators in the A-1 grocery store case to the full
extent of the
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