Black Teen Beaten by Whites Shouting ‘Obama’; Incident on Staten Island Ruled a Hate Crime

The Staten Island African-American Political Association will host a town hall-style meeting in the wake of an election night beating of a black Muslim teenager by a group of white men, an attack that police confirmed is being treated as a hate crime.

Ali Kamara, 17, says he was beaten and hit with a baseball bat by a carload of white men who attacked him on the night the country elected its first black president, Barack Obama. The attackers shouted “Obama” before the assault, police said. 
It is the only act of violence directly associated with Obama’s election reported in the city, but community leaders said they have been fielding calls all week from black residents who have been the victim of harassment or racial slurs.
“I have had these calls all weekend long, really since Wednesday,” said Dora Berksteiner, president of the Staten Island African-American Political Association. “There have been different experiences with cars full of white men.”
The political association announced it is hosting a town hall-style meeting on Thursday at 75 Stuyvesant Place at 7:30 p.m. to discuss ways the community can keep the emotion from the historic win from spilling out into violence and intimidation.
“Right now, I don’t think all the information has come out,” Ms. Berksteiner said. “Now is the time to people to step up. If people have had racial slurs used against them we want them to come forward.”
No arrests have been made in the Kamara case, although the U.S. attorney’s office of the Eastern District of New York and the FBI announced on Friday they had joined the investigation.
The Curtis High School student and Liberian immigrant said he was about a block away from his Pine Place home when a car full of white men pulled over and yelled “Obama.”
Kamara didn’t respond, and said he was then jumped. The teen suffered head wounds that had to be stapled closed by doctors.
Source: SILive
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