While coming home from a morning college class, a 19-year-old white girl became trapped in the back of a city train by a black mob, waiting for most passengers to exit. Soon, she learned how they would use her earbuds against her, which was all made worse by what happened after they had their way with her.
Jessica Hughes, a DePaul University Student, left campus and headed back home alone on the public bus as she listened to her music. After many of the passengers had gotten off at their various stops along the way, Jessica noticed one of the remaining black male riders move close to her, taking up the seat beside hers.
When the black guy got his chance, he signaled to the rest of his crew, which consisted of both males and females, and the mob pounced on the small, helpless teen. Jessica said that they immediately went after her phone, which was in her pocket and connected to the earbuds she had in her ears.
“He jumps up from his chair, and goes on top of me, and asks me for my phone, but my phone was in my pocket, and I had my headphones on, so he was yanking at my headphones, and then he pushed me to the floor, and then started beating on my head,” Jessica explained to WBBM, recalling how the thug used her earbuds to overpower her. However, the attack was just getting started, and what witnesses did while it was happening has left her in fear for her life.
As the brawl escalated and Jessica desperately tried to defend herself, the black man bit down hard on her left hand, as one of his female co-conspirators went for the teen’s face. The woman ultimately broke Jessica’s nose while punching her, as witnesses just watched and did nothing.
Jessica said that there were two men standing right by her, who she called out to, but they refused to help for fear of getting hurt in the process. “They just watched,” she told WBBM. “I feel like people just don’t want to get involved.” Since nobody stepped in to defend this girl against the mob, her attackers got away, with no way to track them down other than grainy surveillance footage and the victim’s description.
As she tries to recover from what happened to her, Jessica and her father, Richard Amador, are left with a sour reality of the racist and selfish world we live in today. When two grown men can watch a teen getting ambushed, inches from where they stand, and have no instinctual reaction to protect someone, society has devolved to a frightening place.
If the race tables were turned, there would be massive outrage about a black girl being ambushed by a white mob, which would be headline news, demanding justice for this “racist attack.” What’s racist, is to only call it that when African-Americans are the victims and consider it equalizing the game when it’s reversed.
Perhaps the cowards who watched and refused to get involved were afraid of being called racist. Or, maybe their negligence showed that they agreed with the actions taken against this innocent girl. No matter the consequences, real men step in to help another human being, and to not do anything, is acceptance of what’s happening.