Charlie LeDuff's op-ed piece on Utash beating appears in NYT - New York News

Charlie LeDuff's op-ed piece on Utash beating appears in NYT

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It's been nearly four weeks since suburban motorist Steve Utash was attacked by a mob when he stopped to help a boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup truck.

Since then, the response from local and national leaders has been curiously silent, writes FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff:

Instead white people asked: Where were the old-school civil rights advocates who usually spoke out against such beatings? Where was Reverend Al? Why did it take Jesse Jackson almost two weeks to say something? Not that any of them really wanted famous civil rights leaders coming to town and marching around. What they seemed to be demanding was an admission from black leaders that blacks harbor racial hatred, too.

But leaders nationally and in Detroit stayed curiously silent. A medical fund was established for Mr. Utash, but it took more than a week to convene a vigil for him as he lay in a coma. Until that vigil not even Mike Duggan - the first elected white mayor of Detroit in 40 years - made a public appearance about it. (Though he did put out a press release and a tweet.) Nor did any City Council person that I’m aware of. And nothing from President Obama. Rage and hopelessness are no excuses here. All Detroit, whether black or white, noticed the silence.


LeDuff's op-ed piece appeared over the weekend in the New York Times.

Click here to read the full article.

Four men will stand trial in the brutal beating of Utash, who suffered severe head injuries and remains hospitalized. A juvenile is also in custody.
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