A Seattle man got what was coming to him, albeit in unexpected fashion, when a woman with a cane beat him up after he'd racially taunted her and others last Thursday.
According to KOMO news, the suspect told officers that "he confronted the woman because she did not pay him for some hair clippers he sold her." He allegedly approached the woman and told her he was going to cut her head off. In response to the threat, the woman reportedly hit the man in the face with her cane.
Seattle Police Department officers arrived on the scene shortly after midnight, according to KOMO, and found the suspect yelling racial slurs at black customers outside a local business. The police report says the man’s lip was cut badly enough that he required stitches.
“I advised [the suspect] that some people get offended when you use certain words,” Officer Crumpton wrote in the report. “He stated he did not care and he was proud to be a ‘white cracker.’”
In September 2012 in Delaware, a 55-year-old disabled woman fended off an aspiring burglar with her cane.
"I saw him put his foot in, his butt in, his arm in, his face in, and then this (waving her cane) took care of him," Anita Estrade told Fox Philly.
And in an even more amazing story, a 90-year-old woman in Germany reportedly scared off three would-be attackers with her cane in 2011.
While Washington state is considered one of the more liberal states in the nation, Seattle has had its share of racial tension.
According to University of Washington Professor Dick Morill, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle are the least ethnically diverse major cities in the country. A video put together by Morill and the Seattle Times shows how the city’s racial makeup has changed, or hasn’t, over the past 70 years.
“I would guess the general population would guess we’re more dispersed, less segregated city than we are,” Morill said, “despite our high reputation for tolerance and so forth.”