I freely admit that one of my major flaws as a blogger is that I tend to immediately jump on a story and run with it, sometimes without getting the full story. I should note, however, that this practice is not unique to me and my experiences but indeed to many other writers as well. This is not entirely bad. Sometimes, new developments seem to surface overnight.
So when I first read about the 15-year-old who was viciously attacked in a Seattle bus terminal directly in front of three security guards, I was initially outraged. In many respects, I’m still angered; mostly because of a system that would allow any person to be brutally assaulted without figures of authority being able to intervene. As it turns out, the security guards at the Seattle bus terminal were operating under explicit rules prohibiting them from being involved in conflicts. They were contractually obligated to simply act as witnesses and report what they saw (as if the cameras didn’t already do that job. *SMH*).
As a result of this incident, it looks like that system might be getting a facelift. So, I suppose that’s worth noting.
But then my anger took a backseat to the sympathy I had for this poor young lady; victimized by the looming and senseless pathology of black violence. Not only was she beat up and robbed, but this all happened amongst peers who seemingly acted as cheerleaders. How moronic is that?! I mean, whatever this girl did, it certainly did not warrant this level of brutal violence. Right?
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Aiesha Steward-Baker was given a deferred sentence last September in King County Juvenile Court after she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery for hitting a security guard at a Seattle market in January 2009. Court papers say she punched the man in the head after he stopped her friend from shoplifting.
The newspaper also says Steward-Baker is one of two girls charged in a May 23 attack on a 50-year-old woman in suburban Edmonds. Her public defender in that case, Frederick Moll, said Wednesday the girl plans to plead guilty Monday in juvenile court to second-degree robbery. Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor John Stansell says the second girl in that case has already pleaded guilty to the same charge.
So as it turns out, Little Ms. Aiesha can dish it, but can’t take it. When she does take it, she wants to play the victim. Right. And to think, I was all set to defend this girl. But what a difference a new storyline can make, huh?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not celebrating the assault of a young girl…especially along the backdrop of idle security and unconcerned peers. In fact, I even heard this girl and her NAACP lawyer (contain your laughter, please) are planning to sue for damages; damages which could send a message to law enforcement to fix their holes. But if Steward-Baker thinks she deserves a penny for being put through the same hell she recently put someone else through, she clearly doesn’t have a clue what it truly means to be a victim.