10 Black Teens Brutally Beat Up White Couple in Hate-Filled Attack

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How many times have you been stopped at a red light that turned green and have become frustrated by a pedestrian taking his time to cross the road? If you live in a city, it's something that happens on almost a daily basis. Chances are, you take a deep breath and leave it well enough alone. Or maybe you honk once and get a dirty look in return. Well, for one couple in Brooklyn, their reaction to this same situation made them victims of a brutal attack and has put them in the center of what some are calling a racial hate crime.

Ronald and Alana Russo, who are Caucasian, were driving by a popular mall in Brooklyn on an early Monday evening when they stopped at a traffic light. As the light turned green, a group of 10 African American teens, whose ages ranged from 12 to 18, were reportedly crossing the street. Because he figured he had the right of way, Ronald honked his horn, which reportedly spurred the teens to begin kicking the couple's car.

Ronald got out to assess the damage to the car -- a bold, but not totally crazy thing to do, particularly when you figure you're dealing with kids and what's the worst that can happen -- and then the worst happened. The teens punched and kicked Ronald in the head, leaving him with a fractured nose, broken septum, blood clot, and damage to his shoulder. They also reportedly called him a "white motherf****r" and shouted, "Get those crackers!" and "Get that white whore." 

Not content to just brutally beat the man, his wife -- who was attempting to call 911 -- was dragged to the ground by the 12-year-old. Her head was slammed against the pavement and she suffered a black eye, bleeding, and difficulty breathing. Since the incident, four teens, including the 12-year-old, have been arrested and police are still searching for other suspects. 

What terrifies me about this story, other than the fact that I still think of tweens as children who play with dolls and could never do anything like this, is that the couple wasn't in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were trying to get through a green light. They did something as harmless as honking a horn. Where did this anger come from and why direct it toward the couple at that time?

The fact that they beat the couple doesn't make it a hate crime, it just makes it a heinous, disgusting crime. But their racial slurs definitely, absolutely make this a hate crime, and I don't feel anyone will benefit from it being labeled as anything but. 

What do you think? Were these just teens making bad decisions or was this a hate crime? 


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Craft... CraftyJenna

They won't be charged with a hate crime, but they should be. 

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

The only thing I can say about this incident is that it doesn't surprise me. And that statement has nothing to do with race but with the fact that people are just assholes in general. Especially in that area. I live in Jersey and I probably wouldn't honk my own horn at someone, just because everyone on the road is just looking for an excuse to road rage it out with someone else. Be you black, white, orange or gray...you're still an asshole if you do something like that. 

Austi... Austinsmommy12

I'm sure they won't be charged with a hate crime, but if it were the other way around it sure would be. Why are people always so quick to jump to a black person's defense? A white girl at Kennesaw State University in Georgia was hunted down like an animal in a road rage fueled incident, and was shot to death at her apartment. I'm sure if the girl being shot was Hispanic or Asian it would've been the same result. People are actually defending the woman who shot her, saying she "had a rough childhood" and was "raised in the ghetto". Anyone want a list of successful people raised in the "ghetto" who would never think about murdering someone in cold blood?

B1Bomber B1Bomber

I think beating the crap out of someone should carry the same penalty regardless of your motivation (other than self defense). Why is it worse that this couple was beaten and called "cracker" than if it had been a black couple just called "mother******" and "whore"?

nonmember avatar Dawn

I am not surprised by this incident either. We live in where our own president has perpetuated the racial bias into a constant battle. The only difference is that if it is a black on white crime, it is not usually labeled a hate crime. Hate crime needs to be eliminated as a category and just go with violent crime. Time to start cracking down on this b.s.

Austi... Austinsmommy12

^^ not that you defended the boys. I'm just putting it out there that someone always does. If they weren't yelling cracker whore and such stuff as that, it'd be a simple case of stupid kids whose parents and school failed to educate better.

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Because if it had been black people in the car, they probably wouldn't have been beaten or called any names to begin with. They obviously targeted them BECAUSE of their race, and that's what makes it worse. If they had just been beaten and called names, then it would've been assult. But they were beaten (especially the woman) because they happened to be white.

Saras... Sarasahmof3

If the races had been reversed this would have made national news.  But since it was a bunch of black kids beating the poop out of a white couple, not many will hear about it.

nonmember avatar Lulu

The news video on the link you provided says two of them have already been caught and charged with hate crimes!!!

As they should be!

Shandi80 Shandi80

Austinsmommy, why would you assume that they were beaten because of their race? People of the same races kill and beat up each other all the time...I'm guessing you've never been in a major city, like Chicago or LA. The driver in this vehicle was clearly ignorant to traffic rules, such as, pedestrians have the right of way. City people can be angry, touch, and illogical. Kind of like wasps. Or those angry little yellow jackets. Anyone could have an illegal gun on them, and use it if you look at them the wrong way. This guy was in the wrong and obviously shouldn't have been beaten, but I don't think the outcome would have been any different had both parties been black. 

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