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A Texas woman is recovering after enduring a severe anti-gay assault at a school playground which left her unconscious, WFAA reports:

Scarber is grateful simply to be alive. She said she was attacked at an elementary school playground for protecting a bullied four-year-old boy. The scuffle between children, however, quickly escalated into violence among adults, Scarber worries, because she is a lesbian.

“She was just helping him, defending him from a big kid, and this is what happened to her,” said Scarber’s girlfriend and the boy’s mother, Hillary Causey.

SeabournThe couple had taken Causey’s son, Jaxon, to the playground at Mesquite’s Seabourn Elementary on Feb. 17. Shortly after arriving at 2:30 p.m., though, the couple said some older children began pushing Jaxon around.

“Sondra said, ‘Can you please keep your hands off of him, he’s only four,’” Causey said.

The father became enraged, she said, when he realized Scarber, who wears baggy clothes and has short hair, is a woman, and that the two are lesbians. Friends since the third grade, Scarber and Causey have been girlfriends for three years. They’re raising Causey’s young son together.

“When he walked up thinking it was father and mom with the kid, he wasn’t as angry,” said Causey, 26, “but then when he figured out it was a female, he got like super pissed, and I don’t know why.”

She said the man punched and kicked Scarber repeatedly, hurling homophobic slurs at her while she lay on the ground, unconscious.

Watch a news report and interview with Scarber, AFTER THE JUMP...

While the women insist the attack was inspired by their sexual orientation, the police are not convinced it meets the definition of a hate crime, since it wasn't the original trigger for the fight.

They are searching for the attacker: "Officers insist they are looking for a black man, about 5’7", who weighs 185 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and jeans, and was driving an early 2000's silver Chevrolet Impala with temporary tags. Police say he was with a black woman, about 5’5”, 140 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans."

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  1. @DAVID HEARNE

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7856404/Police-statistics-shed-fresh-light-on-link-between-crime-and-race.html

    "Crime statistics have to be approached with extreme caution, because it is very easy to leap to conclusions which are not justified by the figures.
    ...
    These ones do not show that 54 per cent of London’s street crimes are committed by black men.
    They do not even show that 54 per of those convicted in court of street crime are black men. But they do indicate that in 54 per cent of street crimes where police catch their suspect, that suspect is black."

    I couldn't have said it better myself
    Thank you and good night! *bows*

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 1, 2013 6:28:44 PM


  2. Oh for god's sake Charles- Give it up. Neither Rick nor I said that the overall crime stats were the hate crimes stats. That doesn't mean that the two aren't related.

    And then you go on that stupid crap about poverty and crime. Really? Is that all your pathetic self has to offer? Let me guess, you went to UDC. Does poverty generate the rape stats? How exactly does living in public housing or being on food stamps explain or justify the outrageous disparity in interracial rapes? Let me guess your next move: the stats are corrupt because the police and the courts are corrupt and those racist women just blamed the black guys, right?

    Well let's use murder then. Explain why being on food stamps or living in public housing is an excuse for killing people at an outrageous rate, and killing across race lines at a rate that if the races were reversed you would consider it an attempt at genocide.

    Start explaining. We're breathless in anticipation.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 6:29:13 PM


  3. Charles - You are amazingly dishonest. The reporter was clearly anticipating the response of dishonest people such as yourself. He stated the facts, which are that 12% of the male population is black and accounts for more than half of various violent crimes, and then he anticipated your SPECULATION that the numbers were inflated due to selective enfoforcement and racism and then, you left out this part, he stated that even IF the numbers were 50% high, that black males still accounted for more than twice as many violent crimes.

    So either you are an idiot, or you think everyone else is. Which is it?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 7:49:01 PM


  4. A hate crime is a hate crime, no matter what state it was committed in. There are just as many bigots and homophobes in the rest of the country as most would claim are in the South. We don't have the market cornered on hate and violence, no matter how much some would like to believe

    Posted by: Southern Guy | Mar 1, 2013 8:32:04 PM


  5. It's Texas so as usual the local cops will make sure it's not labeled as a hate crime because if you label it as a hate crime the Feds come in and make sure the case is investigated properly. If it is not labeled a hate crime the crappy, corrupt, homophobic local cops can sweep it all under the carpet. It happens every day in Texas.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 2, 2013 12:36:54 AM


  6. Why is Towleroad full of racists?

    Posted by: JakeSFExPat | Mar 2, 2013 5:33:14 AM


  7. @ jakesexpat

    Define your term.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 2, 2013 7:48:56 AM


  8. Speaking of violence:

    @Little Kiwi,

    If you were in my physical proximity, boss, you'd need to new set of dentures to replace the teeth I punched out of your rancid mouth.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 2, 2013 11:31:35 AM


  9. Another win for the christians.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 2, 2013 11:51:25 AM


  10. Someone in the family has set up a donation page for the young woman here: http://www.gofundme.com/27331s

    Posted by: edie | Mar 2, 2013 12:28:21 PM


  11. Gay men are disproportionately victims of HIV/AIDS, compared to their representation in the population. That's a fact. It's the interpretation of that fact that can go in a homophobic direction (gays are promiscuous, they are a public health threat, etc.)

    Similarly, blacks may commit certain kinds of crimes disproportionately, but that's not the whole story.

    "Cultures" do not develop in vacuums. They are not hermetically sealed things. Your comment about "African" culture is the most preposterous, clearly racist thing you said. It's clear that you think there is some African "essence" (genetic?) that black people carry with them. There is no one "African" culture, you idiot. Actually, there is no one "African-American" culture. Hip-hop, you may say? Who runs hip-hop? The record INDUSTRY. Who runs the record industry? Who buys the records?

    African-Americans live in the US, a country that until very recently prevented blacks from participating in the political and economic system. Now that blacks have equal rights, manufacturing has fled the country and there is an economic downturn. Access to manufacturing jobs was essential in the creation of wealth for whites. Blacks were excluded because of segregation. Blacks were excluded from housing (that is the accumulation of wealth) because of segregation.

    Blacks were brought over on slave ships. Every government deal that the power structure made with other ethnic groups especially ethnic whites was denied to blacks. Know your history.

    If there is some black "culture," it was formed in those conditions. It's like keeping Jews confined to certain professions like money-lending (as Europeans did) and then calling them greedy and money-obsessed.

    In addition, the kinds of crimes the NYPD looks for are actually not the most damaging kinds of crimes. What about white collar crime? Drug trafficking (not drug DEALING, drug TRAFFICKING)? Gun running? Mass shootings? Where are your racial statistics on those?

    Posted by: BrianQTD | Mar 2, 2013 1:28:22 PM


  12. @ratbastard - bring it, wimp :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 2, 2013 1:42:05 PM


  13. I don't get it - if the attacker was a parent of one of the kids, can't other kids on the playground identify him as so and so's father? how can he not be identified???

    Posted by: acevedo | Mar 2, 2013 6:00:14 PM


  14. Good thing she didn't have a concealed carry permit or she might have been able to defend herself; but, then of course, CNN, Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson would have been all over her. Yeah, she's so much better off that she let the man break her jaw.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Mar 2, 2013 7:18:06 PM


  15. And, of course, the man got away and will never be seen again...

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Mar 2, 2013 7:18:37 PM


  16. BRIANQTD

    "Gay men are disproportionately victims of HIV/AIDS, compared to their representation in the population. That's a fact. It's the interpretation of that fact that can go in a homophobic direction (gays are promiscuous, they are a public health threat, etc.)"

    And gay men with brains realized that our community was engaging in and promoting behaviors which made for disparate impact of HIV coming to the First World. Most of us changed our behavior and voiced disapproval of those who didn't. We didn't try to blame it on slavery, Jim Crow, and the general unfairness of the world.

    Similarly, blacks may commit certain kinds of crimes disproportionately, but that's not the whole story.

    " Now that blacks have equal rights, manufacturing has fled the country and there is an economic downturn. "

    These two events did not coincide and aren't related.

    " Access to manufacturing jobs was essential in the creation of wealth for whites. "

    I don't know a lot of wealthy auto workers.


    "Blacks were excluded because of segregation. Blacks were excluded from housing (that is the accumulation of wealth) because of segregation."

    Blacks have owned real estate in this country since colonial times. Not all blacks of course, but then not all white owned real estate. Moreover, real estate is not the only or essential marker of wealth. In big cities there are successful people who have never owned a home. BUying your little piece of suburbia is a relatively new thing. IN my rural southern town, blacks have owned real estate since shortly after the Civil War.

    "Blacks were brought over on slave ships. "

    Oh for God's sake.


    "Every government deal that the power structure made with other ethnic groups especially ethnic whites was denied to blacks."

    Bull. The Homestead Act was nondiscriminatory. There were black homesteaders in Kansas and Nebraska as well as elsewhere. In addition blacks have been going to college for free or close to free for a very long time, often with affirmative action preference and through the ridiculous non-academic scholarship programs. Blacks are 12.6% of the population and 35% of the federal workforce.

    "In addition, the kinds of crimes the NYPD looks for are actually not the most damaging kinds of crimes. What about white collar crime? Drug trafficking (not drug DEALING, drug TRAFFICKING)? Gun running? Mass shootings? Where are your racial statistics on those?"

    We're talking about violent crime and anti-gay crimes. Try to stay in the present please.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 2, 2013 7:49:52 PM


  17. "We're talking about violent crime and anti-gay crimes. Try to stay in the present please."

    Actually the thread was about anti-gay crimes and you decided to talk about other crimes. You opened the door, then complain when someone takes it in a direction you don't like. The crimes I mentioned are "violent" in the destruction they wreak on people's lives. You've just been conditioned to think that crimes you think blacks and Latinos commit are worse--because you're a racist.

    Are you denying that blacks were denied jobs in manufacturing historically because of segregation? Are you denying segregation existed? If it did, what impact do you think it had on blacks?

    Some blacks have always been able to rise above and do incredible things. But they had to deal with a profoundly unjust system nevertheless.

    I simply don't believe you about the free college. I'll need more than the word of a racist.

    Posted by: BrianQTD | Mar 3, 2013 12:33:13 AM


  18. Brian -

    " Actually the thread was about anti-gay crimes and you decided to talk about other crimes. "

    No, the article was about a black man attacking a white lesbian. There is more than one dynamic in play, and you know it.

    "You opened the door, then complain when someone takes it in a direction you don't like."

    YOu are certainly free to talk about anything you like. That doesn't make it relevant. I've been in these discussions long enough to recognize your pathetic pattern: "What about Bernie Madoff? What about Timothy McVeigh?" Well, to paraphrase Chris Rock: When I walk out of a nightclub, I'm not looking over my shoulder for scamming bankers ... I'm looking for black assailants."

    "The crimes I mentioned are "violent" in the destruction they wreak on people's lives."

    Ah yes, the "words have no meaning." argument. Predictable and typical. Actually they do, and violent crime has a definition. So stop acting stupid. This isn't a class as Howard, and that BS doesn't fly here.


    "You've just been conditioned to think that crimes you think blacks and Latinos commit are worse--because you're a racist."

    Oh gosh, you invoked the r-word!!! Doesn't work anymore, you wore it out. Besides. I deal in facts and that's what you really hate. I noticed that you don't offer any facts, just unsupportable opinions and canned defenses.

    "Are you denying that blacks were denied jobs in manufacturing historically because of segregation?"

    I'm denying that poverty is relevant to violent crime.
    How about you explain why poverty explains rape and murder of white people by black people at exponential rates. Explain why poverty explains anti-gay hate crimes coming from latinos and blacks at higher rates than whites. Got facts?

    "Are you denying segregation existed? If it did, what impact do you think it had on blacks?"

    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. Have you got facts or do you simply have a bunch of BS you have practiced in pathetic defense? Got facts?


    "Some blacks have always been able to rise above and do incredible things."

    Name four essential technologies that you would consider "incredible things".

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 3, 2013 8:44:23 AM


  19. "we can't have the MUCH NEEDED discussion about the black communities homophobia. "

    Your perception that no one is talking about this issue is false. Why is so-called "black homophobia" any worse than "white homophobia"? Because it's more violent? The souls of Matthew Shephard and Brendan Teena (to name just two famous examples) would disagree.

    Who has the money to finance and support institutional homophobia in the US? What race are the people who lead the prominent anti-gay organizations? Who publishes the propaganda that homophobic people of color use to justify their bigotry? Who gave Bishop Harry Jackson a national platform to spew his bigotry?

    You racists are interesting. You can't see homophobia as an organic system with so-called "black homophobia" feeding off of the financially connected "white homophobia" and also racism because you're obsessed with demeaning black people.

    Posted by: BrianQTD | Mar 3, 2013 9:09:19 AM


  20. Ah, so you don't give a damn about the legacy of racism in the country. Thanks! All I wanted to know.

    Yes, there is more than one dynamic: homophobia, violence, racism and poverty. All connected. But you only want to talk about the "Color of Crime" aspect.

    Words do indeed have meaning. Those harmed by the crimes I listed know full well the violence they cause. You're not talking in facts--you're narrowly limiting the acceptable topics to things that benefit you.

    Oh, and yes there is a link between poverty and (certain kinds of) crime. I'm not sure about the rape statistic, but I'm suspicious since "black men raping virtuous white women" has been a meme for hundreds of years. Most people are much more likely to be raped by someone they know than a stranger. Probably the vast majority of people raping white women are white men.

    Posted by: BrianQTD | Mar 3, 2013 9:32:19 AM


  21. Thank you, BRIANQTD, for your thoughtful and truthful comments.

    I've decided to answer David Hern & Rick with total sarcasm and cynicism. They don't deserve to be taken seriously anymore.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 4, 2013 10:18:35 AM


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