Former TV weatherman victim of unprovoked attack

CHAMPAIGN – But for his great sense of humor, Mike Sola might be curled up in the fetal position crying right now.

The 50-year-old former weatherman for WILL-TV and, before that, WCIA-TV, is among the latest in a growing list of white men in town being slugged for sport by young black men. (Earlier reports indicated a slang term of "polar bear hunting" for these attacks, but police officials say that term is not evident in the recent attacks.)

The attacks seem to have been concentrated on campus during August but lately have been spreading across Champaign and have even included young white boys in city parks.

"My facial swelling has gone down to where it looks like I had a cheap botox injection. My crow's feet are totally gone on the right side," he quipped Tuesday, some four days after being attacked while walking home from a Central High School football game. "I've been beat up worse than this by my brothers."

Sola said he decided to walk the couple of miles to his south central Champaign home Friday night after the game let out at Tommy Stewart Field behind Centennial High School.

He was near Jefferson Middle School on Crescent Drive about 9:30 p.m., one of several people leaving the game, when "out of the blue I feel something hit me in the back of the head."

"It's hard. It wasn't a fist," he said, adding that whatever struck him wrapped around to the front of his neck, causing it to bruise. Although stunned, his little bit of karate training sent him into a defensive mode.

"I go into a crouch, get a little bit of a defensive stance, reach out and grab somebody, and throw a punch. I hit somebody," he said, adding he was peppering his assailants with a few well-chosen phrases of outrage.

He doesn't know how many there were – he believes at least two – and couldn't recognize them in the dark, but knows they were probably teens leaving the game just as he was.

"They didn't look out of place in a group of high schoolers," Sola said.

Within seconds, police and other passers-by, including Central High School Principal Joe Williams, were helping Sola.

Several officers were already there lighting the darker portions of the street with their squad-car spotlights as they watched the fans leaving.

Sola said an ambulance attendant cleaned him up a bit, but he gratefully accepted a ride from Williams to the hospital so as not to have to incur the expense of a co-pay for an ambulance ride for something caused by someone else.

Sola said he told Williams he could announce at school Monday that "the old man attacked on Friday night would like a cage match."

He had to have four or five stitches to repair the cut to his right earlobe. The right side of his face was also fairly swollen and his face was scratched.

"I do have quite a nice shiner. I grew up with seven older brothers on the South Side of Chicago, so I know how to fight," he said. "Unfortunately, when you get hit in the back of the head, all you can do is go into defensive mode and lash out.

"This was the epitome of cowardice to come up from behind and out of the dark. If that's their gang initiation, that's a ... (cowardly) bunch of gang members," Sola said.

His bravado and humor aside, Sola said he's saddened by the random attacks.

"I'm not a racist. My black friends are just as frustrated and (ticked) off as my white friends," he said. "The frustration transcends race, but the activities all seem to be race-related."

And he's nervous that an attacker or an innocent bystander is going to be killed by a victim who might be armed.

"There's more consequence than just the personal ones to me. I'm a victim, but I'm not victimized. It's a sad statement when you can't walk down the sidewalk at 9:30 at night. Did we lose ownership of the streets?" he asked.

"If these kids had a family background where a dad was bringing home a paycheck and instilling parental control, this wouldn't be a problem," said Sola, who said he doesn't want unemployment and underemployment to be an excuse for such behavior. "If you're a good person, you're a good person. If you're a piece of trash, you're a piece of trash."

Out of work himself for three months after being laid off from WILL earlier this year, Sola said he put the time to good use doing work for some older folks on their homes and learning how to take an outboard motor apart and put it back together.

He was recently hired as an account executive for SJ Broadcasting, a group of radio stations based in Champaign.

Ironically, he said one of his first sales as a radio ad executive was to the owner of a martial arts academy.

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QWERTY wrote on September 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I hate to accuse someone I don't know of racism, but how could he possibly know that the attackers were black? The article says he couldn't even see them so he didn't know how many there were... yet he knew that they were black males who were out to get him because he was white? Umm...

mynrkt wrote on September 29, 2010 at 5:09 am

The article said nothing of his inability to identify their race. It only said he did not recognize them, but that they appeared to be of an age similar to that of the other fans. I'm sure that the report the paper based their story on is more detailed than the one or two lines that they printed. Maybe you should take a moment and ponder before you make assumptions.

QWERTY wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

The article clearly says that he couldn't see them well enough to even know for sure that there was more than one person attacking him. If he can't even tell that for sure, do you honestly believe that it was easier to tell the perpetrators' races at night? (Even then, maybe if he saw one of their faces and could tell, did he automatically assume from one black youth that all of the attackers had to be black as well? Because he obviously didn't see more than one black face at the most, given that he only suspects there was more than one attacker to begin with.) Also, to "appear" to be a teenager would imply that he saw them, but that's not what the article says; it says that he just "knew that they were PROBABLY teenagers," presumably in the same way he "just knew" that they were attacking him because he was white.

TheHarrowClub wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

Quit while you're behind, QWERTY.

The article should have been more clear. You keep trying to imply the victim of the attack is somehow at fault for not having full recall after he was hit from behind.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 am
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That's true, Qwerty. In fact, they might not even have been people.

It could have been a platoon of marmots. In that case, we'd have an ongoing spree of violent attacks by young black males, and one by marmots.

FLSPT2 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 am

Zing!

Tony Chrisagis wrote on September 29, 2010 at 5:09 am

It's time for concealed carry in Illinois. I,m sure this would stop that kind of behavior.(why didn't the channel 3 news report this accurately as the racially motivated hate crime that it was?)

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 6:09 am

An armed society is a polite society. People reading about these attacks are probably forming some opinions about who to vote for in November. The police can't protect you. Only you can protect yourself.

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 6:09 am

The Ruger LCP (light compact pistol) is just the right size.

dd1961 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

How would carrying a concealed weapon help him? He was hit from behind, stunning him. If he had tried to draw a weapon in that state, it would likely been removed from him and possibly used on him.

Peggy Currid wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

A person carrying a concealed weapon might or might not be able to use it in self-defense, but the real benefit of allowing concealed carry is the "halo effect." If criminals know that any potential victim *could* be armed, they might think twice before attacking. In other words, even if a particular person doesn't carry a gun, he or she get a protective benefit from the fact that others do.

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

Exactly right.

quicksprt98 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

Or, one of the bystanders that were close by could have had a better vantage point to scrub the scum from the face of the earth!

wilderbssmstr wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

It really seems like racism towards white people all around - from the black kids, from the media, from the police, etc. What would the story be like, how much attention would this story have if the race of the people getting their faces stomped were Muslim? What if it were black kids getting beat up by some other race?

Obviously the police aren't totally apathetic, but if umpteen Muslims had their faces stomped in the last 30 days this would be a national/international story. But, it's "just" white people... no big deal right?

All of you trying to play this down ought to really think before you speak.

Learning2B wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

I beg to differ. The fact that this is receiving much coverage by the NG seems to stress this is important. And, if you truly believe that these incidents are worthy of even more attention, take the initiative to write other papers in the state. Why leave it to others if you want to advocate for the victims, feeling like they aren't getting the attention they deserve?

Marty wrote on September 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

What else does the NG have to write about? They're just trying to avoid death by interent.

ReplicatedMan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

I personally can't wait for these kids to attack someone who fights back. What goes around, comes around.

birdfarmer wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

You're wrong EdRyan. It is the responsibility of the police to protect us. That is their job and the main reason we pay taxes. Arming everybody will only escalate the level of violence, since that same group of attackers could just shoot a victim from behind rather than mug them, knowing that they can then acquire the weapon from the victim. Demanding that the police spend less time hiding in parking lots waiting for someone going two miles an hour over the speed limit on Neil Street and more time patrolling the streets, on foot or bike, would be a good first step in taking back the streets.

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

It is the responsibility of the police to find the criminal but they can't protect you. How many of the people attacked by these thugs were protected by the police? When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Peggy Currid wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

You're wrong about that. The police have no duty to protect citizens. Read the decisions in Warren v. District of Columbia and DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services. Or do a web search on "responsibility to protect citizens."

So, we're on our own. And in Illinois, we can't carry guns to protect ourselves.

Marty wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Arming everybody will only escalate the level of violence, since that same group of attackers could just shoot a victim from behind rather than mug them, knowing that they can then acquire the weapon from the victim.

A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.[20]

* A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]

34% had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"

40% had decided not to commit a crime because they "knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun"

69% personally knew other criminals who had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"

Gun Ownership Rises to All-Time High, Violent Crime Falls to 35-Year Low

Coinciding with a surge in gun purchases that began shortly before the 2008 elections, violent crime decreased six percent between 2008 and 2009, including an eight percent decrease in murder and a nine percent decrease in robbery.1 Since 1991, when violent crime peaked, it has decreased 43 percent to a 35-year low. Murder has fallen 49 percent to a 45-year low.2 At the same time, the number of guns that Americans own has risen by about 90 million. Predictions by gun control supporters, that increasing the number of guns, particularly handguns and so-called “assault weapons,” would cause crime to increase, have been proven profoundly lacking in clairvoyance.4

The findings of the McDowall's study for the American Journal of Public Health contrast with the findings of a 1993 study by Gary Kleck, who finds that as many as 2.45 million crimes are thwarted each year in the United States, and in most cases, the potential victim never fires a shot in these cases where firearms are used constructively for self-protection

cubs29 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

If these incidents happened to be "brown bear hunting" instead of polar bear hunting, the national media would be in an uproar. C-U would no doubt be receiving a visit from Jesse Jackson and the protests would be non-stop. So what's the difference here? I guess reverse racism isn't as sexy of a topic.

ReplicatedMan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

I love when people say "reverse racism," as if there is a difference between a white person being hateful towards a black person and vice versa.

It's all racism and should be treated as such. I agree completely that if this were a case of black men being attacked, there would be an uproar over it. That is a problem. Injustice is not that a black man is attacked by a white man, nor is it that a white man is attacked by a black man. Injustice is the fact that the same situation is treated differently because of the color of the attacker.

Learning2B wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

Look, let's stop using the term "racism." One is racist if he/she believes that his/her race is INHERENTLY SUPERIOR to another. Hence, this thinking fuels thoughts, beliefs, and practices that want to deny the other person rights/accessibility because that other person is inferior.

These are acts of violence- criminal acts; yes, they may be motivated by hate (a previous victim reported his attckers making comments about his race) or just plain stupidity.

ReplicatedMan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

By using hateful actions to overwhelm and subdue an individual of another color - therein asserting the other person's dominance - is most likely done to show that one race is dominant (or superior) to the other, especially in an instance where a group of one race is repeatedly attacking members of a separate race.

Yes, it IS a hate crime, but it seems to be a racially-inspired hate crime, which certainly doesn't preclude the use of the term "racism," in the discussion.

ff907 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

The problem is if the police concentrate their efforts on this group and arrest the black males doing this our community will say the police are racist again. Everyone remember the "angel" breaking into the house and fighting with the police that was accidentially shot? I dont blame any officer that looks the other way anymore because when they do their job and arrest the criminals they get in trouble when the criminal is black!

heckbill wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am
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Concealed carry is the answer. To the nay sayers,...you have lived in Illinois too long. You are so used to not having this right you dont know any better.

QWERTY wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

The article clearly says that he couldn't see them well enough to even know for sure that there was more than one person attacking him. If he can't even tell that for sure, do you honestly believe that it was easier to tell the perpetrators' races at night? (Even then, maybe if he saw one of their faces and could tell, did he automatically assume from one black youth that all of the attackers had to be black as well? Because he obviously didn't see more than one black face at the most, given that he only suspects there was more than one attacker to begin with.)

Smitto wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

Yeah... This was obviously MUCH different than the other 12 attacks that happened recently. It HAD to of been a group of elderly white women who didn't like his weather reports...

The article also said that witnesses were there to assist him within seconds. Do you really think that every person there is just assuming they were black. There were bystanders. Dark or not, someone saw the attackers. Besides, there are other ways to tell a person's race. You can tell by their voice, their dress, their body language, and even the way they "fight". And have you ever witnessed a fight or attack in which all parties involved were completely silent? The victim said he made defensive remarks after being hit, and in reading other articles about similar attacks, I'm sure his attackers responded in some way.

Mayor of Mummville wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

Who says you have to have a permit to carry. If everyone just did it they can't arrest everyone. This would cut this nonsense out real quick. Get a gun weatherman.

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

I do recall reading something about a "right to keep and bear arms" somewhere. The anti-gun crowd always starts going on about how we'll have gunfights in the streets if people carry firearms. Not happened anywere.

adamb2000 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

I hope that when they finally catch whoever has been doing these attacks that they charge the suspects with hate crimes, because it's exactly what these attacks are.

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

i am saddened by the attacks that are being committed as well as everyone else. however, i don't agree with the statement made by Sola saying that if their daddy's were home and bringing paychecks this wouldn't happen. That was a racist remark made towards all the black race...especially since that's how you ppl view blacks anyway. Paris Hilton's dad has plenty of money so what the hell happened to her? Lindsay Lohan? I can go on and on bcus it doesn't stop with them. They have money and come from 2 family homes. Stop trying to put all blacks in a box and say bcus they don't have supportive family members they are a menace to society. there is crime made by all races. the sad part is you only hear over and over about the crimes black folks make. they cover the crimes made by whites. so if you are going to talk and point the finger start with the greed, manipulation, self-righteous attitudes that you ppl portray.

speakinout12 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

I've read and reread this article and I'm pretty sure he didn't make even ONE referral to any black person.

bking266 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

For a pretty good overview of the different theories behind the disproportionate percentages (as compared to the total population) of violent crime committed by african-americans, I suggest the following link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States
I am not even going to respond to the rest of this post...

ohnooo wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

This kind of activity will really assist the downtown business. Personally, I will steer clear of them. Hope it stops soon though, there to much violence in the world today, too many nice business that will lose night time customers due to fear.

speakinout12 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

I am saddened that an attack on an innocent man has pulled the "poor me" comments that it has from this community. Where in this article does Mike Sola say that he was attacked by black men? Even if he had said it, there are other ways to tell a person's race other than the color of their skin.....However, I do have to wonder....had Mr. Sola lost his life at the hands of a person not the same race as him...would his family have received proceeds from a wrongful death settlement......

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

Mike Sola isn't a TRAINED police officer who is paid to PROTECT the life and property of ppl. Mike Sola isn't TRAINED to approach a problem in a sytstematic manner. 15 year olds are to be reprimanded not KILLED. I, too, do have to wonder...had it been a 15 year relative, child of yours...would you be outraged? would it had ever happened? no, because there is a difference.

ttaylo776 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

The fact is... police are there to protect and serve. Why is a 15 year old out do crime anyways to get him in that situation. Im glad he is off our streets. One less criminal we have to worry about in this town!

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

sad that you feel that way. pray you don't lose anyone in your family like that. when and if you do, please remember your comment.

speakinout12 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

No, by all means, you are absolutely correct. he wasn't a TRAINED police officer....he was an innocent bystander....and whether he's 15 or 115 years old it would still be a life lost at the hands of another.....isn't THAT the criteria it should be based on? but way too often things that are debated with an obvious undertone of rage....are issues pertaining to race. All I'm saying is that had it been a white boy that had been shot and killed by a white police officer, never in a million years would it have invoked the heated responses from our community as it did with that poor young black boy. and like it or not, yes, i know there is a difference, i STILL have to wonder.......

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

IF it had been a life lost...but it wasn't. this 15 year old was. HAD it been a white boy APPROACHED by a TRAINED police officer, that white boy would STILL be alive.

Smitto wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

So a white kid that is 1) breaking into someone's home, 2) disobeying the orders of a police officer, and 3) fighting the police, all in the same scenario, is less likely to be shot by the police than a black kid??? Wow... You are one pathetic soul if you truly feel this way. The fact remains that the kid broke the law in numerous ways, and ultimately paid for it with his life. Had he of simply listened to the police, he would still be alive today. And now the tax payers get to pay a huge sum of money to his family because they did a stand up job raising a thug. White people are just terrible human beings though, right?

spangwurfelt wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

This response is right on the money.

personali wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

I could probably start this comment out better, but here it goes. The black population in this community has had a strangled hold on this city for some time but no one wants to address it because it is viewed as the white population being racist. The police department and city have to step lightly around every matter because it is perceived they are racist by the black population. I do not get it, there is no truth to that at all. Fact of the matter is, if it is a black person committing the crime, it is a black person that is going to be arrested. If you’re white and you commit a crime, expect the same. Moreover, in my opinion many members of the black community are far more racist than they want to admit. I was never a slave holder nor have I ever marched in opposition to equal civil liberties. I want equality so I do not have to listen to arguments about race, it is getting old. But if we must argue about race, I do not see college funds set up for solely for white students, national organizations set up for the advancement of white people, or the white entertainment television. How about we as a people start out clean and do away with all of these racist groups. I believe that would be a start rather than reminding everyone of the PAST, because that is what it is, the past.

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

personali - it would be nice to say that it is in the past, but it isn't. until more ppl are real about the differences that are made, there will be no moving past this. it just is what it is. sad but true. you WILL never know until you are in the shoes of a black person.

personali wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

getwisdom4u – Yes I am white and not black. And no I guess I have not walked in a black persons shoes, but to my credit I have walked in my own. I employ something called common sense. I believe if more people used this thing called common sense we would be better off. How about do unto others as you would want done to you? How about taking accountability for ones own actions?

But to go back to your comment of walking in a black persons shoes, I don’t need to. I have had derogative terms directed at me by black people, can I complain about that? No, probably not, because if I do no one will care. To be honest, I don’t care. People can be ignorant in this country, it is there freedom I guess.

spangwurfelt wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I have yet to meet anyone, no matter how idiotic, who doesn't believe him- or herself to be the epitome of common sense.

ajbuckle wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

There is a little reported fact that may be behind a lot of this. When Chicago closed down the housing projects, they move that population downstate. Champaign received a large number of people from that. This is a population that suffers from generations of poverty, and had been living in a highly dysfunctional urban housing project before they arrived in our little burg. This is a population that does not come from here, and has not been a part of the largely peaceful coexistance between blacks and whites. That peace is obviously broken, and I suspect that this displaced urban population may be the cause.

rooftop wrote on September 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Yep , the projects being torn down and the rest of Illinois getting these groups of new dysfunctional residents...could be part of the problem ... just great to think of more things like this in Savoy and other previously very nice towns,... I hope the police get busy with catching them and instead of the projects and section 8 housing thugs can be behind bars... Really, it is their behavior that is doing this and they cannot be "fixed" with more " activities" and mentoring,
I think it is time to let people know the truth, some people are just born wrong , all races have their problem children... we are talking right now about a large problem of black thugs going around attacking white men and it has a name, Polar Bear Hunting...

I think the rest of the community has a LOT of good men of all races that ought to be able to get this problem taken care of very swiftly if we quit thinking we can change these thugs by mentoring them!!!
For the little kids growing up, well, we have to hope their parents are a little better... less dysfunctional but really, prison might be their best hope . There are mentors there too.

We have to quit thinking WE have done something wrong and instantly feel sorry for thugs. When we catch ourselves feeling sorry for them and wonder what society has done to cause this, well, some people are born wrong... I make choices every single day to do what I am supposed to do. Some people want to blame and attack...

Good men out there in CU, how about you get out and patrol our streets with the cops and catch these thugs... I bet many of them have been in and out of jail too, such a fabulous safe community... feel sorry for them ? I am so fed up with that attitude! What are the cops going to do to protect the good men of CU , the good women and kids of CU?

freechampaign wrote on September 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I think you are right except we cannot expect the police to be our one on one protection. We as a community need to take steps to protect ourselves. Take action. If you see someone being beat on or jumped. Step in and take action. These cowards will run when they see they are out numbered. And remember one BIG thing you have a right to use deadly force when are in fear (threat) of death or great bodily harm.

EdRyan wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

A black eye does count as great bodily harm.

freechampaign wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I did not say it was now did I. I am saying things are getting worse by the day and it may be heading in that direction. Do not put words in my mouth.

Janet wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

Personali: Thanks. I have been wrestling with those issues all morning. The only thing I would add is here all the activists are on this issue? They're not jumping before the cameras saying "We must fix what is wrong with this community!" They're not begging for discussion, or asking for the crimes to stop.

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

i agree that there needs to be some active ppl in the community reaching out and engaging these young men/women to become productive citizens. janet - since you are up wrestling with those issues, why don't you contribute to helping? since you sound so concerned. it takes a village. stop judging...

ajbuckle wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

Yeah! Maybe if we give them more attention and resources they will stop hunting us!

speakinout12 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

getwisdom4u....sounds like you're really in your element here....is there really anyone that could post something w/out you judging them?

getwisdom4u wrote on September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

not judging at all...stating FACTS.

Janet wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Wisdom, you're right, I'm judging. But I wasn't judging you (unless you're one of the activists), even though I don't agree with your comments. And no, I'm not up to wrestling with that "change." What I do think needs to change is the divisive lingo that has ramped up this issue to begin with, and which others have noted. Would you really want my help? No, I don't see it your way.

Strikentheclinch wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

getwisdom4u... you need wisdom for yourself. stop the "poor black man" pitty party. and YES, if my 15 year old was out comitting unprovoked attacks, he'd have one more fight to deal with after he came home to me. go buy some white shoes to walk in if you're tired of the black ones!

ttaylo776 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

AMEN!!!!

freechampaign wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

It amazes me that the black community feels they hold the rights to be outraged when a member of their race is a “victim”. But now that it is white victims being attacked by blacks we, white race cannot voice our outrage. No as to date there has been no death. But the attacks have not stopped as of yet. Just wait, one of these cowards will go up against someone that puts them on the ground beat and bloody. Then the black community will storm the city building wanting action.

speakinout12 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I couldn't have said it better myself........

spangwurfelt wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Welcome to the difference between being a minority and a majority. Whites are a majority - a majority that has controlled this country, its lawmaking, and its law enforcement since day one - and by that fact simply don't have standing to whine about being discriminated against, period.

freechampaign wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Oh give me a break. So because your are black you can commit a crime against another race and get a free pass. I hope this type of thinking backfires on you and street justice wins out. I know I am armed when I leave my house and ready to protect myself and loved ones.

dd1961 wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Are you condoning these thugs actions? Because black or white or purple or pink, no one has the right to gang up and beat others. Just like the majority of white citizens, the majority of black citizens are good people, going about their lives. These THUGS are giving the community a bad name. They are a small group, but they have no right to do this, no one does. They belong in jail, pure and simple. It does not matter what color they are, they are criminals.

Strikentheclinch wrote on September 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

In light of all the attacks and comments left on this board, it all boils down to this...
White, Black, Muslim, Chinese yaddi yaddi yah.... Yellow is more like it. Sissies, Cowards & Punks fight in groups against one person and on the blind side as well. That's all they are. Nothing more.

peabody wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

From the response to this matter it's clear that the leadership in this city is utterly broken. Not a peep from the mayor, city council, university, school principals, ministers, anyone. What are they afraid of, saying the wrong thing? Taking the wrong side? Getting beat up? This situation is escalating and someone is going to get killed. And afterward we're all going to march downtown with candles and there will be articles in the newspaper exploring race relations alongside the photo of some kid who got killed, with quotes from his mother saying he was always a good boy, and we'll all be saying, 'How could we have prevented this?' This is the time for mothers and ministers and anyone else who has the ear of a young person to tell them how it is. There are a lot of pissed off people with nothing to lose in this town, and mark my words, right now one of them feels like it's time to play God and walk around campus with a gun. Next thing you know we'll have Jesse Jackson appealing for calm. We have got to step up and stop this.

charliecrothers wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

We not only have very freely available concealed carry permits here in Louisiana,,, we have the added benefit that you don't even need one of these permits to have a loaded weapon in your vehicle at all times since your car/truck is considered an "extension of your domicile" under Louisiana Law. So guess what? Car jackings and interacial assaults, barring bad drug deals, are practically unheard of down here, except in N.O. or Baton Rouge, bigger cities... It's 80% black on black crime though. We just don't have any business in their neighborhoods,,, and visa versa. I'm all for an armed populace. It's a safer one - I promise.... Sad to be in C-U anymore. Good Luck people. Oh, BTW, we also have something called, "Shoot the Burglar Law". La. R.S. 14:20(4) ""provides that a homicide is justifiable when committed by a person lawfully inside a dwelling against a person who has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling and the person committing the homicide reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the entry or to compel the intruder to leave the premises"". Very handy indeed.

freechampaign wrote on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

NICE!!!!!

Marty wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

What kind of coward does it take to attack a person from behind? Grow a pair and confront a person head on like a man if you feel the need to act like a gang banger, not some little sissy that you showed you are.

It's seriously time for a conceal and carry law in Illinois. People need to have the right and ability to protect themselves from worthless scum like this. If people have no morals, no sense of right and wrong and no accountability and are going to do things like this then people deserve to protect themselves. A person attacked by these gutless thugs could reasonably think he might be killed or very seriously injured he/she should have every right to use whatever means, including deadly force to protect themselves. It doesn't matter what color, race, background, education or financial situation is, this applies to all.

I can only hope the next person they attack deals them a punishment they will never forget.

chambanaresident wrote on September 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Mr. Sola,

Please reread your comments, including the following:

"If these kids had a family background where a dad was bringing home a paycheck and instilling parental control, this wouldn't be a problem," said Sola...

Your comment disgusts me.

First off, why do you presume that your attacker(s) were lacking a father at home or a working father? Second, you act as if this is a causal relationship. I shouldn't even have to explain why that is completely incorrect. I suggest you spend some time at your local library if the reasons why I find this to be a particularly disturbing implication confuse you. Finally, are you missing a parent here? Mothers are just as able to "[instill] parental control" as fathers. But again, I shouldn't have to point that out. Perhaps your wife, mother, or daughter (whomever you may have access to) can inform you.

On behalf of all the children who grew up without a father and have chosen hobbies and professions that do not include attacking random people at night: please learn to think before you speak.

And N-G: please learn to read before you publish. You've let a person, who I presume to be generally respected around town, come off as a racist idiot. Even if that fact may be true, it's bad form and certainly not something worth being given space in an article. Mr. Sola's comments belong in the "Letters to the editor" section.

Marty wrote on September 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

You're calling him a racist, but you're not calling the spineless dirtbags racist?

Peggy Currid wrote on September 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Oh, great. Now we're attacking the victim. Way to go.

Incidentally, there's a lot of research that suggests that absentee fathers do cause delinquency in their male children. Here's an abstract that focuses on absentee fathers in the black community.

Growing Up Without Father: The Effects on African American Boys

This study examined behaviors of African American male adolescents, resulting from father absence. It further examined the extent to which there is a relation between African American boys’ behavior and their status as sons of an absent father. Effects of father absence was approached by researching articles and journals comparing African American males raised in female headed household to African American boys raised in traditional two parent homes. Four major youth pathogens were examined. Juvenile crime/delinquency, teen pregnancy, teen drug abuse and school dropout correlated with fatherlessness more than any other socioeconomic factor. Through the literature review it was concluded that there are several marked distinctions among African American boys growing up without fathers compared to those growing up with fathers. Boys without fathers in the home have a noticeably higher rate of incidence of drug abuse, school dropout, crime and delinquency, and teen pregnancy.
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Full article available at http://tiny.cc/bv6jl (will open a pdf file).