Over the weekend, a white man (and Iraq War Veteran) was critically injured by a reported mob of angry black Waffle House patrons in West Point, Miss. With the absence of any other particulars, his friend who arrived halfway through a verbal altercation was told there were people inside who were angry about the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the restaurant wasn't "safe for whites."

At that point, he took his friend to Huddle House, which I suppose was deemed a more suitable place for whites to get overnight breakfast/dinner. The mob of angry black diners allegedly followed them to the Huddle House parking lot and the Iraq Vet ended with injuries serious enough to require a medically induced coma.

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Now the West Point Police chief has requested the assistance of the FBI in the investigation and has released information about conflicting witness statements putting into question whether it was a hate crime or just an altercation.

So, what answers do you need to prepare to give:

  • Yes, we have seen it reported on the news.
  • It seems like law enforcement has immediately called for assistance and is being forthcoming with the information.
  • According to some witnesses, Weems - the Iraq Vet - was a participant in the altercation and not merely a victim.
  • Life is not about tit-for-tat, bad things can happen to people of two different races and they don't cancel each other out.