Another day, another instance of dangerous, overt racism, this time in the Pacific Northwest.
The incident unfolded on a street in Beaverton, Oregon, when a white male was spotted assaulting a black teenage girl. Thirty-seven-year-old Samuel Corbett was arrested on Monday, July 9, after witnesses reported that he had been harassing and endangering a 17-year-old girl.
According to witness Ain Avila who heard the teen’s screams, Corbett could be heard yelling racial slurs at the young girl and threatening to kill her.
Avila pulled into the gas station parking lot where the assault was happening and confronted Corbett. Two other men, including Douglas Short, a gas station employee, also stepped in to protect the girl.
Ain Avila helped stop a man from harassing a 17-year-old black girl on Monday in Beaverton. The man had been threatening her and yelling racial slurs at her.— Keaton Thomas (@keaton_thomas) July 11, 2018
“Racism should have been done decades ago,” he said. “You have to speak up... we’re all in this together.”#LiveOnK2 pic.twitter.com/icEA8I26K4
As the witnesses tried to help, Corbett grabbed the girl’s backpack and tried to direct her into oncoming traffic. Before he could, she got free from her strap and Short intervened.
The assailant attempted to flee, but authorities caught up to him nearby and arrested him on charges of second-degree intimidation, menacing, and second-degree disorderly conduct. Bail was set to $250 at his court appearance on Tuesday, a dollar amount that seems low considering the crime.
Chased the girl down the street. Hands closed around her neck. Attempted to drag her into the road. Attempted to still get at her after a bystander saved her and brought her into a store. $250 bail for attempted murder. Sounds about white.— Kenyan Bunnie (@KenyanBunnie) July 14, 2018
Can we go one day without one of these enraged demons attacking a POC?— GiGi P (@LeoViolet3000) July 12, 2018
And why not an attempted murder charge? This degenerate tried to drag this child into traffic.
Good on Mr. Avila for stepping in and possibly saving this girl’s life.
Maybe he’s homeless or up on hard times that he can’t have that bail paid. But $250 for attempted murder? 🙄😖All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.— Kenyan Bunnie (@KenyanBunnie) July 14, 2018
“This type of crime won’t be tolerated in our community, which is evident by the response from our community members,” Jim Monger, chief of Beaverton police, said in a statement.
WTF? What is with people assaulting black teenagers?— Joan reads, which is more than Trump does (@cosmyra64) July 15, 2018
Addressing those that stepped in, Monger followed up by saying, “Thank you for standing up against racism.”
When pressed for an interview, the teenage girl declined. Officer Jeremy Shaw, a spokesperson for the local police department, said that she wasn’t hurt, but is shaken up.
As we're left wondering if the nation's gone insane or if the advent of smartphones has simply made it more publicly known, we can at least take solace in knowing that, in this instance, bigotry didn't win out.