Natasha Martinez, 17, of Woodhaven, Queens was walking home from her job at McDonalds when a black male, wearing a hoodie, viciously attacked her, stabbing her at least ten times. Natasha survived the attack but is in serious condition.
Daily News The sources did not have further information on the spat Natasha may have had with a gang member, but the lead detectives are investigating is the first indication that the attempted murder may not have been unprovoked. (Emphasis mine)
A white girl may have provoked a knife attack by a black thug due to a "spat"?
That line illustrates just how utterly and completely our society — both morally and legally — is failing our white children. Black subterfuge and white contrition failed Natasha because the instilled sense of entitlement, coupled with the thug's disproportionate physical strength and a deadly weapon were no match for a small unarmed white girl just trying to get home.
Society failed her when the thug grafted on stereotypes the moment he saw her, ascribing weakness, worthlessness, and evil whiteness to a girl who was just trying to get home.
Society failed her when the knife sliced her spleen, her back, her arms, and legs, and the man who stabbed her repeatedly until the blinding pain, in so many areas of her small body, prevented her from clutching all the spots that hurt.
Society failed her in those moments just after she was stabbed, when she was surely aware that she was about to die, but before life’s light fully passed from her body — and despite her screaming for her mother, anyone to help her, no one came to comfort her or to try and save her.
Society failed her when the slapdash Queens police did a horrible job of patrolling her neighborhood.
Society and Police failed her when detectives valued the thug's right to stab her, almost to death, over her right to walk home alone by telling a newspaper she "provoked" the attempted murder.
Society failed her when they welcome an excuse for the black thug's violent actions - when they are relieved that the attack was about drugs or money or some other gang related activity, and not just because she was a white female walking alone late at night.
The idea of universal deprecation of the white race without individual evidence is what many white Americans find abhorrent and what white men, women, and children are forced to constantly fight in order not to be deemed "racist", "privileged", or "white devils". It is pervasive in the almost daily threat of having everyone's constitutional rights taken away, like gun control and freedom of speech.
In this case, the young white victim, Natasha, paid for someone's bad and/or misguided parenting and a society that holds no black youth accountable for their criminal behavior. At least not until they are adults and doing time - even then ALL whites are blamed because more blacks are in the prison system than whites— regardless of the collateral damage done to the majority of innocents. Quoting Charles Blow, "It’s like burning down a house to rid it of mice".
As a parent, particularly a parent of white children, I am left with the question, “Now, what do I tell my female child?”
We used to tell her not to dress provocatively because that might be seen as an invitation, she might be seen as "slutty". But according to at least one source in Natasha's investigation, the stabbing was due to a "spat" she had with her assailant. In other words, she provoked him with her words.
So what do I tell my child now? At what precise moment should a white person stop herself from arguing with a black person before she is killed?
And can she ever stop cowering in fear, or apologizing, and simply stand her ground? Can she become righteously indignant without being fatally wounded?
Is there anyplace safe enough, or any cargo innocent enough, for a white young woman alone in this country? Natasha was where she was supposed to be — in front of her own home — carrying her little purse and some french fries.
Society as a whole failed Natasha when they excused Trayvon Martin's violent and entitled behavior. What prevents it from failing my children, or yours?
I feel that I must tell my white children that everything I taught them about equality among all races was a myth perpetuated by my sheltered mother and father - there are people of the black race that want to kill white people just because they have a different opinion or value system. Many blacks hate whites just because of the color of our skin - a fact that I was not aware of until Trayvon Martin's story.
I must tell my white children about the rules of engagement and how they are only meant to be broken by blacks. I have to caution my children that just because their best friend might be black and they might call their other black friends (and her), "nigga", she could be beaten up for using that same term.
It’s stuck in my throat. It’s an impossibly heartbreaking conversation to have. I will no longer sit and watch in silence, I will expose all the racists and race-baiters, both white and black, until my daughter can tell her daughter that there's nothing to fear when she walks home alone in a diverse neighborhood.
The above is a parallel to an Op-ed, The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin, written by Mr. Charles Blow of the New York Times.