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Black Teen Forced Into Noose Over White Girl: Cops - 3 Chicago teens busted for hate crime, assault

Three Chicago teenagers have been arrested after placing a noose around a black student’s neck at knifepoint because of his relationship with a white girl, according to law enforcement authorities. “I feel they were serious, and that if I didn’t get out of the house when I did, I might not even be here. I might be dead,” Joshua Merritt, 17, told the Chicago Tribune. The three students, ages 16 to 18, have been hit with a variety of charges, including hate crimes, unlawful restraint, assault, and battery. The girl at the center of the confrontation is the cousin of one of the teens. The assault occurred at his house, and his mother is an administrative worker in the Cook County state attorney’s office, said police.

Merritt said the girl is a friend, but that they aren’t dating. He said he was invited to the student’s home by a friend, who was one of the three teens. After he arrived the trio began using racial slurs and one put a rope around his neck, while another held a knife to his neck and threatened to kill him, he said. “I couldn’t believe that they were doing this,” said Merritt. “I just felt trapped.”



Heartwarming Human Interest Story of the Day: Veterans in Lowell, Mass., descended on a local Iraqi restaurant this week to show their support for the establishment in the aftermath of what they believed was a hate crime.

A New Hampshire man who has since confessed threw a 20-pound rock through the window of Babylon, a family-owned restaurant in Mill City.  

Lowell police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee told the Lowell Sun the man claimed his crime was not motivated by hatred, and in fact didn’t know the business was run by Iraqis.

Still, veterans with Veterans for Peace came out en masse to stand in solidarity with the family.

“This solidarity gives us the courage to stand,” said owner Leyla Al-Zubaydi. “There is no more fear in my heart because there are such nice people behind us.”

[lowellsun / thanks amanda!]


Growing hate against the South Asian Community in USA


Aisha’s disappearance is only one in a long line of crimes in the South Asian American community that have happened in the past few weeks.

  • On December 14th in Texas, a 61 yr old Pakistani named Yaqab Bham was attacked when doing an ADT home security installation inspection. Attacked by the home owner after being asked questions of where Bham was from, he had his ear bitten off and 10 broken ribs. [full story]
  • On December 8th, a Hindu Sri Lankan professor in Champaign, Illinois named Dhammika Dharmapala was stabbed in his throat at a train station by a man who wanted to “save his country.” [full story]
  • On December 4th, a turbaned Sikh man was stabbed in his upper torso at the Fresno airport. The man that attacked him was a 26 year old white man and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon  and possession of a knife in an airport. [full story]
  • On November 25th, a 32 year old Hindu man originally from Calcutta was attacked in San Jose in the grocery store parking lot. Six of his teeth were knocked out. His attackers spit on him and called him a terrorist. The attackers have not been found. [full story]

Most of the crimes mentioned above are not currently considered hate crimes by local police and local advocates are working hard to make the crimes recognized as such. It’s difficult to imagine, especially seeing the crimes listed side by side, how the incidents were not fueled by islamophobic and xenophobic hate.


Read how racism and hate against the South Asian Community in America continues to grow stronger and more violent. This is disturbing. If you have seen Aisha, please make sure to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS as soon as possible.


Stores Catering To Jewish Community Vandalized In Highland Park, N.J.


Richard M. Green, 52, of New Brunswick was charged with five counts of criminal mischief after police said he smashed window after window among nearly half a dozen Jewish stores along Raritan Avenue on Wednesday morning.

(Source: bride-of-bucky)