In May, Westwood Nursing Center resident Norman Bledsoe was beaten in a brutal assault. The violence was shot by his alleged attacker, Jaden T. Hayden, who has made other videos in which argues that blacks are “supposed to rule the Earth.”
The Daily Mail reported that Bledsoe was left suffering from a broken jaw, broken ribs, and four broken fingers. Sadly, things got worse from there.
Bledsoe’s nephew told the The Detroit News that the 75-year-old Army veteran’s “eating habits went downhill after, and he lost quite a bit of weight” before passing away.
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“We finally were able to see him last week. He wasn’t doing very good. I guess there just wasn’t anything else they could do for him.”
Hayden was residing at the Westwood facility because he had tested positive for coronavirus. Under an executive order signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, those with COVID-19 were sent to nursing homes–a policy for which she has been heavily criticized.
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Despite the rhetoric in Hayden’s videos, he has not been charged with a hate crime. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, as many on the left argue that white people can’t be victims of racism. Indeed, billionaire Oprah Winfrey recently declared that “being white gives you an advantage no matter what.”
That would have come as a surprise to Melinda McCormick: she was beaten and burned alive, with her killer telling police that he “hates white people.” It probably would have surprised those who have been shot, slashed, and beaten for the same reason.
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Judging from her court testimony, Corey Batey’s rape victim didn’t seem to realize that being white was a major advantage. According to her, “Mr. Batey continued to abuse and degrade me, urinating on my face while uttering horrific racial hate speech that suggested I deserved what he was doing to me because of the color of my skin.” Like Jaden Hayden, Batey was not charged with a hate crime.
Cases like these demonstrate how anyone can be a victim of racism, and that’s a fact society should recognize. It’s time the legal system recognized it too.
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