Life after Hate
“Homie. Get the fuck up, homie.” The voice behind the iPhone camera is raspy, like the person speaking had just exhausted his voice screaming.
The video shows 26-year-old DaShawn Horne, lying face down on a pile of rocks, unconscious, blood streaming down his face.
“That’s what happens to these n————rs out here, huh,” 18-year-old Julian Tuimauga continues, his voice ratcheting up with intensity. “THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU N————RS OUT HERE, BOY.”
From the side of the frame, the weapon Tuimauga used to beat DaShawn over the head within an inch of his life appears: a 32-inch aluminum baseball bat.
Police thought they were responding to a homicide. But when they arrived, DaShawn was still breathing.
The attack lasted a matter of minutes but left DaShawn in a coma at Harborview Medical Center for six weeks. Over a year later, he’s still recovering.
Hate crimes have been on the rise since 2011 in Seattle. In 2017, there were 234 hate-motived assaults in the city, almost double from the previous year. According to the FBI, African-Americans were the most targeted both years.
But after news headlines on hate crimes fade, victims and their families live with their assaults much longer.
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