A white man held at gunpoint in Seattle by a black man who demanded an apology "for all the things white people did to black people," says that the incident was not a hate crime, as reported yesterday by Brandi Kruse of MyNorthwest.com.
David Israel, 34, was threatened by Chikwanha E. Nyashanu, 35, whose criminal history includes "a weapons-related conviction from 2002 as well as a conviction for obstruction of justice in 2006 and reckless endangerment in 2009," was held on $500,000 bail Tuesday.
Israel said generously,
I don't think he, by any means, approached me and my friend because we were white. I just think we happened to be in his path.
It started on Monday night when police responded to "a report that an unknown male had threatened someone with a handgun near the Green Lake Community Center." During the encounter, Israel said he was "scared out of his mind" while the gunman held the weapon to his stomach.
Israel quoted Nyashanu as saying,
I just want you to apologize. I don't want your money. I want you to apologize for everything your people did to my people.
Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff with the King County Prosecutor's Office, seemed to really want to make this case about something, anything, other than a race-motivated crime.
[Police] certainly attempted to try to figure out what the motivation here was and they simply just didn't get anything from him...on its face, the evidence seems to show the motivation for singling this particular victim out was his racial identity.
Ironically, the perpetrator's mother is white. It is not surprising that with the obsessive focus on race; a hatred of white people is being cultivated by some in the media, government and academia.