Black male punches ex-Marine on charity run

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I never cease to be amazed at the naiveté of white people after they encounter violent blacks.

I can only suppose they are living in the make-believe media world of real-time revisionism where blacks are nearly always portrayed as disadvantaged and misunderstood victims of white privilege.

How sad it is that it literally takes a punch in the head to draw one's attention to reality. Sadder still are those innocent white people who have been permanently injured or even killed because they hadn't the good sense to stay clear of black strangers.

Racial profiling is, indeed, discriminating. There is nothing more dangerous for a white person to be indiscriminate when around black people he or she doesn't know.

DailyKenn.com has logged nearly 100 violent black-on-white attacks between mid-June and the first week of October, 2013. You may view that list here ►

Meanwhile, we welcome one more white American to reality.

Former marine, Brendan O’Toole’s cross-country run to draw attention to veterans’ issues, brought him to Wilmington this week where he received an unwelcome surprise from a passerby -- a punch in the face.

"My head was down, I had a hat on, and I just didn't see it coming," O’Toole said. "So when he hit me it just swept me right off my feet."

O’Toole, 26, of Alexandria, Va. began the 3,600 mile "Run for Veterans" in California last November on Veterans Day. His hope was to finish the run in Portland, Maine this November and to raise $2 million for veterans' causes along the way.

"It happened so quick and it was so ridiculous. I just kept going. I went two or three blocks before my head started pounding,” he said.

O’Toole says he was running near Sixth and Market Streets around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday when a man came out of nowhere, punched him in the face, and then took off running. O'Toole says the unexpected punch left him with a mild concussion and a bloodied face.

"My hope is that he was just excited about a hello, and gave me a high five, and over-exaggerated for it and missed, but the mark and the blood from it will show differently," he said.

Unsure whether anyone else observed the incident, O'Toole was hopeful that Wilmington police would be able to track down surveillance video footage.

They did.

"I thought it would be a lost cause to try to find someone who had just hit me and ran, so at first I didn’t call police. After he hit me, he ran near an elementary school, and I thought, if he hit a grown man, he might hit one of those kids, and he must have mental health issue."

Wilmington police did find surveillance video of the incident and took a man into custody. Thursday afternoon, they were waiting for O'Toole to identify the man.

According to O’Toole, this was the first time anything like this happened during his entire cross-country run. Still, he says, he won’t be holding any grudges against Wilmington.

"Out of 13 states that I’ve been through, and I’ve been in some bad parts, I’ve never had a problem. So, it wasn’t even a thought in my mind that something like that was coming,” he said. “We don’t have a bad view of Wilmington or Delaware, it’s just unfortunate that it happened there.”

O’Toole says he’ll take a few days off to recover from the face punch, which could put his charity run behind schedule, but he’ll post updates about his locations and departure times on his project’s website, TheRunForVeterans.org.

O’Toole says the idea to do the Run for Veterans came after a friend of his, a fellow Marine, committed suicide after completing a tour in Iraq.

"I had a buddy in the Corps who killed himself after his tour in Iraq. I also had many friends in the Marines and service members who left the Marines and when back to their hometowns and had a hard time with that transition," he said. "We thought this would be a good way to collect money for organizations that help with the difficulties a lot of veterans face."

According to the website, all donations collected will be disbursed to three national non-profit organizations that support military service members, Give an Hour, Team Red White and Blue, and The USO.

O'Toole reportedly completed two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps between 2008 and 2012, according to Run for Veterans website. During the time in which he served, O'Toole was deployed to Haiti, in response to the 2010 earthquake, and to Afghanistan where he maintained tactical communications systems used to coordinate air strikes against insurgent forces. O’Toole completed his active duty military service at the rank of Sergeant in June, 2012.
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