Saturday, February 23, 2013


It never fails, each and every time we go to an event, whether it is my sons violin recital, dinner, or a show, somebody's child or children always seems to be out of control. It is NEVER one of my children though, they just act crazy at home. But other people's children climb up on tables, stand up in chairs, yell, scream, have temper tantrums, and just don't listen to their parents. Of course, there are always some parents who don't even bother to acknowledge their kids behavior. Some just ignore it, seemingly chalking it up to self expression, or children just being children. These parents don't teach their children any accountability or sense of boundaries. They just indulge each and every wild childhood notion that their offspring have.
The only time these particular parents even consider making their children cut it out is when they notice the big bald headed dude behind them or in front of them giving their kids the dirtiest look that he could muster. I've got this look down to a science, and all though there have been many times that I have had to use all of the restraint that I could conjure up to keep myself from "popping" one of these nutty kids up side the head, I have never acted on it, and I never will. After all, I wouldn't want anyone laying a hand on one of my children, or one of my young nephews. But there are some people out there who do not have the ability to exercise the same level of restraint. Especially when their deficiency in reference to having such an attribute is predicated largely upon being racist.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, surrendered to authorities, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta. Hundley was charged with assaulting a minor. The charge stems from a February 8th incident aboard a Delta flight to Atlanta. According to documents filed in United States District Court in Atlanta last week, the boy's mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minnesota and her son were seated in Row 28, Seat B on Delta Flight 721 which originated in Minneapolis.
Bennett spent part of the flight in the rear of the plane to get away from Hundley, whom she said reeked of alcohol and was slurring his speech, according to John Thompson, the attorney for the child's family.
As the plane began its descent into Atlanta, the boy began to cry because of the altitude change and his mother tried to soothe him.
Hundley, who was seated next to the mother and son, allegedly told her to "Shut that nigger baby up."
Hundley then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, which caused him to scream even louder, an FBI affidavit said.
The baby, who is 19 months old, suffered a scratch below his right eye. Other passengers on the plane assisted Bennett, and one of them heard the slur and witnessed the alleged assault, the affidavit said. Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, has said her client is being unfairly portrayed.
"This has escalated into a racist issue and I want to be clear he is not a racist," Shein said. Shein also said that Hundley is dealing with unspecified issues.

This incident did not escalate into a racial issue. To make such an implication, is an attempt to alleviate Hundley of all accountability in this case. Each and every time the N-word is used, especially by someone who is not African-American, racism is implied. I am not a detective, but if I had to take a stab in the dark, I would say that the unspecified issue, has something to do with alcohol abuse.

The fact that there are still some people in this country who feel that it is perfectly acceptable to serve African-Americans a heaping portion of disrespect with a side serving of "N-word", any time they want to, is both disturbing and insane. An especially disturbing aspect of this story is the fact that there seems to be a pervasive culture of disrespect when it comes to Black women and children. When I first heard about this story I began to wonder if things would have played out a little differently had this child's father been sitting next to his mother. In all reality Hundley probably would have never assaulted the baby. But I can't help but fantasize about the outcome if the father of this child was there, and I invariably put myself in his shoes. The story would have probably been a little different.......
"Noted author PR Brown was arrested today for repeatedly "back hand slapping" another passenger, Joe Rickey Hundley, 17 times aboard a Delta airlines flight for assaulting his infant son. Brown has since been released on his on recognizance, and Hundley is now under going reconstructive surgery to remove a huge red hand impression from the side of his face.


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