Racist attacks have surged since Donald Trump’s election win, with hundreds of incidents being reported in the past week. This time, a woman was beaten with a brick and threatened with rape by Trump loving bigots who called her a “stupid n***er b*tch.”
On Wednesday night, Kara Stevens was walking through the parking lot of a Safeway in Hillsboro, Oregon. Stevens, who is African American, said she suddenly felt a horrendous pain in her abdomen. Someone had hit her with a brick so hard that her ribs were broken. She said she struggled to breathe.
“I just thought to myself, if I pass out from not being able to breathe and I hit the ground, it’s over,” Stevens recalled.
She then began to hear the abhorrent things her racist attackers were shouting at her.
I heard someone yell ‘Stupid n***rt b*tch,’ Then they yelled ‘Are you scared? Are you scared now? Because you should be,’ and then they said ‘Now we got a president who finally feels how we feel.’
Stevens said there were three assailants, all men in their 30s and 40s. They told her that they were going to rape her and made multiple references to Trump.
“The only thing I kept thinking to myself is, ‘This is how my life is going to end,’ and ‘I don’t deserve this,’” Stevens said.
After the men drove off, Stevens said that not a single person did anything to try to help her. She made it to her car and drove home before finally giving in and admitting that the men had beaten her bad enough that she needed an emergency room. At the ER, she was told that the brick had broken several of her ribs.
Like the many strong black women that came before her who have faced this kind of hatred, Stevens said she is not backing down. She is speaking up.
You’re going to have to bring a whole lot more than a brick to break me. This is a real thing… this isn’t a joke. A lot of people are just in denial about it.
When people admit that it’s there, it’s going to be a heck of a lot easier for us to come together and fix it and come together.
Hillsboro police are reportedly investigating the brutal attack.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.