Poor John Massie, he allowed his "color aroused disorder" to get the better of him, and it cost him his life. I know he didn't see a lot of black folks in Utah, but sometimes you just have to keep your color aroused tendencies in check.
"LAS VEGAS (AP) — A racial comment in the restroom of a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom preceded a single fatal punch that left a tourist from Utah dead and a Florida tourist jailed in Nevada on a murder charge, authorities said Wednesday.
Benjamin Gerard Hawkins, 37, of Gainesville, Fla., took offense to John Massie's comment about "a black man in a yellow shirt" while both men were in the restroom at O'Sheas Las Vegas Casino shortly before the fatal 12:45 a.m. confrontation, according to a police report.
Moments later, Massie was felled by a single punch to the jaw.
"One punch," police homicide Lt. Lewis Roberts told The Associated Press. "He was out. Never got back up."
Hawkins is black. Massie was white. Massie was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas.
Massie's hometown wasn't immediately available. The police report released by the Clark County district attorney's office doesn't provide them, and the Clark County coroner declined to release the dead man's identity pending completion of the medical examiner's report.
The one-page police report of Wednesday's slaying offered a glimpse of a men's room slight escalating to tragic consequences at a rollicking Irish-themed casino offering "discount entertainment" including a Viper Vixens stage show, a resident psychic, a cigar bar and beer pong competitions.
"Massie made some comment to Hawkins to the effect of 'a black man in a yellow shirt,'" the police report said. "Hawkins told him to shut up."
Police said the two men squared off after exiting the restroom. Massie stopped in a food court area, put his hands in his pockets, and spoke to Hawkins.
Hawkins told police Massie challenged him with a comment such as, "What are you going to do about it?"
Hawkins told detectives he interpreted Massie's actions as aggressive.
"Hawkins said he feared if he turned his back on Massie he would be punched in the back of the head, so he punched.
Mr. Hawkins, yellow really isn't a good look for us darker brothers, but I am guessing that Mr. Massie wasn't really vibing on your sartorial senses. I think he bought into the post racial hype here in A-merry-ca. Or, maybe he has been hanging out in too many Internet chat rooms.... The real world can be a bit different sometimes. I am just saying.
Finally, I see that some of Rupert Murdoch's "chickens are coming home to roost." ---It couldn't happen to a nicer guy---. Hmmm, I wonder why we are not hearing about it from one of our major networks here in A-merry-ca? Hmmm. Anyway, here is hoping that this is the start of a long fall for his evil organization.