Last Friday night (Feb. 5), a 44-year-old white man was assaulted while exiting the Q train in the Church Avenue station in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The assailant who was described as a Black man in his 40’s, allegedly pounced on the unsuspecting subway rider and yelled “Cracka, you don’t belong here!”
After being knocked to the ground, the victim says his assailant tried to kick him. When the victim’s fiancée tried to intervene, she was elbowed in the back of the head.
A witness tells Ditmas Park Corner that the attacker “had a beard and wore a hooded top, along with a black cap with a crown-like symbol.” He also says the victim’s fiancée chased the man out of the subway station, and that he “spit in her face as he fled.”
One police source tells the Daily News that the suspect also shouted, “Someone get his white cracka ass off the floor. It’s a black neighborhood… You don’t belong here.” The suspect fled the station to points unknown.
The gentrification of Brooklyn, particularly Bushwick, has been underway for quite some time now. Even though it’s become commonplace to see white folks dominating neighborhoods that were once mostly Black and Latino, the interchange still rubs many of Kings County’s natives the wrong way.
Primarily those who’ve been priced out of their apartments and homes. Or, it could be this particular assailant is just insane.
The NYPD is considering the attack a bias incident.