Black man accused in ‘bi-racial couple’ hate-crime case

“it’s very possible for a person … to commit race crimes against someone who shares their race.” – Inspector Richard McCabe.

As you wish, Inspector, but it was always drummed into me by my very politically-correct union that it is impossible for Black people to be racist.

In Ian Robertson’s column in the Toronto Sun on Dec. 28th, 2011, McCabe is quoted as saying: “This type of racist act is not what this country is all about… This country has people from all over the world.”  And, ““We won’t be asking for a plea bargain… We’re going to be asking for jail time – lots of it”.

In my post “Racist vandals and the police as political performers” on December 30th, 2011, I asked “…in the absence of any concrete evidence regarding the perpetrators, how do we know that this is not just another set-up, with people (not necessarily the victims) contriving events in order to advance a political agenda?”

Well, as it turns out, this was not necessarily a ‘political’ act, but it was an act of vengeance which, if it results in a conviction, was committed by a black man who knew how to pull the strings to cause trouble.  And, of course, if you cast suspicion on Whitey, you will never be suspected.

Whether or not causing bad press for “Whitey” was an intended or uncontemplated side-benefit in the eyes of the accused may never be known, but certainly, there appears to have been no concern about the smearing of White people that was occasioned by these deliberate acts.  Will Inspector McCabe still be asking for “jail time – lots of it”, or will the magical pigmentation of the accused’s skin now change his mind on that score?

And McCabe was not the only police officer weighing in on the situation.  “What the community at large can fail to recognize is this is not just mischief… This sort of attack is directed at anyone who identifies with that family. It’s for this reason the police and the judiciary take these incidents very seriously.  They can live anywhere they want and there’s no reason they should be forced to move because of one individual with a bigoted ideology. I would suggest reaching out to neighbours and the community to get both advice and support.” –  York Regional Police hate crime unit leader Det. Brett Kemp, reported in, see link at foot of post.

In my opinion, it is never a good idea for the police to get involved in politics, or to take a political approach to crime solving.  Hopefully this incident may give them cause to think twice before firing up people’s emotions in future.

Jeff Goodall.

Bradford man arrested for hate crimes against biracial couple

Toronto Star
Michael Woods: Feb. 1st, 2012

For months, Rita Brown and her partner Seun Oyinsan wondered who was vandalizing their car and garage with racist symbols and epithets.

On Monday, police arrested Brown’s ex-boyfriend—whom she lived with for 12 years—and charged him in connection with the crimes.

Brown, who is white, and Oyinsan, who is black, moved into a home on Newmarket’s quiet Hodgson Dr. in August. In multiple incidents from September to January, swastikas were spray-painted onto the couple’s garage, their SUV was defaced with the n-word and nails hammered into small pieces of wood were left under the car tires.

Anthony Burke, 63, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of mischief, one count of uttering a threat and one count of criminal harassment.

“He’d be the last person I would suspect of this,” Brown, 55, told the Star. “I wish it was somebody else instead of him, because he’s not a bad guy.”

Burke—who is black—and Brown were together on and off for the last three years of their relationship before she moved out for good in Oct. 2010.

“At the time I didn’t think he was angry,” Brown said. “We had our ups and downs, but he’s never hurt me. I’m completely shocked.”

Brown and Burke continued to communicate after they broke up, she said. They spoke three times last week and she was at his house on Sunday night. At times, Burke was a confidante as Brown discussed her distress from the attacks, she said.

After Brown discovered the n-word scratched on the hood of her car Christmas Day, she and Oyinsan had thought of selling their house but decided to stay, buoyed by community support.

That changed after the latest incident: a threatening letter the couple received in the mail about two weeks ago. Scrawled in capital letters, the note says “we just have to keep watching you, … have a good night sleep while it last (sic) … have to get Newmarket clean” and references remote-control explosive devices. The note is unsigned but there are swastikas drawn at the bottom.

“That’s when I said ‘I can’t take this anymore,’” Brown said. “We were sleeping in the room with baseball bats.”

The couple sold their house at a $30,000 loss; the deal closed on Friday. If the arrest had come before then, they wouldn’t have sold the home, Brown said.

Now, they hope to find another place to live together in Newmarket. They had planned to move into separate houses until an arrest was made.

It will be up to prosecutors whether to pursue the charges as hate crimes, said Insp. Richard McCabe. But he added that “it’s very possible for a person … to commit race crimes against someone who shares their race.”

Burke could also face additional mischief charges, police said. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 13.

Meanwhile, a shaken Brown is searching for a new home and grasping for answers.

“I thought we were friends. … I’m going through hell right now.”

See original here.

See the “Newmarket rallies against racism” article here.

See “Racist vandals and the police as political performers” (December 30th, 2011) here.