A black man attacked a white man in a New York City subway Wednesday, attempting to shove him into the path of a train while shouting “I hate white people,” police sources tell local media.
A 51-year-old black male named Gary Weeks reportedly confronted a 28-year-old white man at a subway station. Weeks then tried to push the man on the tracks, anonymous police sources recounted to the New York Daily News.
Weeks was arrested and charged with attempted murder and a hate crime, but not before spitting in a police officers’ face, according to the New York Post. This attack comes after another subway attack earlier this month, in which a Queens woman was pushed in front of a subway train car and killed.
Race relations in America continue to be strained after Donald Trump’s election as president. Many Trump critics have alleged an uptick in attacks and harassment against racial minorities and Muslims. Some of these incidents, after going viral online, have now been proven false or been called into question.
The hoaxes coincide with an uptick in attacks against Trump supporters, such as a high school student in Rockville, Md., who was kicked and punched for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, or a 74-year-old man assaulted outside Trump tower by a Black Lives Matter and anti-bullying activist.
Perhaps the most egregious example of such attacks was a Chicago man getting beaten and dragged from a car while onlookers cheered, “You voted Trump?! Damn, he voted Trump.” The victim claimed the attack was racially motivated. The attackers were arrested, but not charged with hate crimes.
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