A Black fashion student was allegedly brutally assaulted by Hasidic Jewish men in Brooklyn. According to Taj Patterson, gay slurs were hurled his way during the beating that left him with a grotesquely black eye and other injuries including a detached retina.
Reports the New York Daily News:
Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
“I'm walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I'm surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they're attacking me,” Patterson said. “I was alone. I was an easy target. I'm black. I'm gay, a whole slew of reasons.”
The New York City College of Technology student left for a fun night out with friends, and returned with a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting, and cuts and bruises to his knee and ankles.
He was rushed to Woodhull Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery to reattach his retina.
Needless to say, Patterson's assault is being investigated as a hate crime. According the New York Post, after a night of partying prior he was too drunk to make a statement when the cops arrived. We're guessing the torn retina and broken eye socket he suffered might have had a bit to do with that, too.
It's also interesting that neither New York City newspaper made mention of the "knockout game" where Jews have been allegedly targeted for assault by young Black and Hispanic men. Recently, the validity of the alleged trend has been called into question, with one woman recently admitted that it was actually her boyfriend that gave her a black eye.
Check out photos of Patterson's injuries in the following pages. Be warned, they're not for the faint of heart.
Photos: New York Daily News