On his late-night commute home from the East Village, where he sells leather accessories in a club, Jason Fordell was assaulted on a 4 train in the Bronx; he says it was a hate crime. The self-described “small, little white kid with long hair” says a group of four young black men were harassing him. “People started saying stupid little comments — cracker this, white boy this, faggot this,” Fordell said. “I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me.”
Eventually they jumped him and stole his bag, which cops said contained $2,900 worth of merchandise.
“Everyone on the train was egging them on,” said Fordell, who suffered a bunch of bleeding and bruising.
A fifth person got in on the attack — Barminthe Ramoutar, 54 — and was arrested, though the other four are still at large. The NYPD has not designated the attack a hate crime because they are still assessing motive.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2011