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Nov 22, 2016 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East End Community Rallies Around Victim Of Racist Attack In Hampton Bays

Nov 25, 2016 8:44 AM

Life is slowly returning to normal for the black Hampton Bays woman who was the target of a racist verbal assault by two white men while she was walking with her year-old daughter in the hamlet earlier this month.

She is once again taking her daughter outside to play, though they still do not venture too far from home. She said she also is slowly rebuilding her confidence and hopes to one day return to her routine, which includes making frequent trips to the center of town to go grocery shopping and complete other errands.

While she is not quite back to where she was prior to the November 8 incident, the woman—who spoke to The Press on the condition of anonymity—said she is slowly recovering from the frightening incident. She added that she is overwhelmed by the words of encouragement from her neighbors, most of them strangers, and their generous offers to drive her to the King Kullen in town, or to walk with her, side by side, along Ponquogue Avenue.

“I didn’t expect all these people to come out,” she said while smiling and sitting on her couch on Monday evening. “It was just so sweet, because they all feel terrible and want to do something. It made me think that people are so nice.”

The incident occurred on Election Day, when she was walking near the intersection of Lynncliff Road and Ponquogue Avenue. Just after 4:30 p.m., as she was pushing a stroller carrying her daughter, two white men pulled up next to her in a pickup truck and shouted racial slurs at her before spitting on her and driving off.

She and her husband reported the incident to Southampton Town Police, though two weeks after the incident, they said they have not received an update from investigators, making them believe that arrests are unlikely.

Regardless, the woman says the support shown by her neighbors has renewed her faith in the Hampton Bays community, which she joined four years ago when she relocated to the hamlet from Washington, D.C.

One of the people who reached out is Sonya Hubbard. The Hampton Bays resident, who is also a member of the Hampton Bays Moms, a Facebook-based group that includes several dozen local mothers, said this week that she was devastated to hear that such a racist incident occurred so close to her home.

“This is a community filled with really good people, and most of us, I would say nearly all of us, would never treat somebody like that,” Ms. Hubbard said. “Our hearts go out to this family, and we just want to help them in any way that we can.”

Ms. Hubbard, along with other members of her group and nearly a dozen other people, have all stepped up in the past week to offer their services. Some have offered to sit and talk with the victim, while others say they would be happy to join her during her walks to the grocery store; the woman does not have a driver’s license.

Their goal, they said, is to make her feel safe in her hometown.

“It is so encouraging and heartening because a lot of people are outraged by this,” Ms. Hubbard said. “We have a strong group of volunteers and we just want to help together, which I think is so uplifting that there is this groundswell of support.”

Longtime hamlet residents Bruce and Nancy King had a similar reaction when they first heard about the incident. “This is not all of Hampton Bays,” Mr. King said. “This is not our community. This is not the way we feel, and we don’t want it to be judged by the actions of these two people doing what they did. It is time to act.”

“This is not Hampton Bays,” Ms. King stressed.

Support for the woman, along with her husband, who is white, and their child, is coming not just from Hampton Bays.

Though she was not initially surprised to hear about such an incident, Kate Mueth of Springs said she was outraged nonetheless. She explained that she recently formed a local coalition designed to offer a support system for women minorities in need in the community. While members of the still unnamed group have met only once thus far, Ms. Mueth said they were all motivated to find a way to help the victim.

“We have a lineup of women who are willing to go to Hampton Bays to drive her wherever she needs to go to feel safe,” Ms. Mueth said. “It is all of us on the East End, not just East Hampton or Hampton Bays, but all of the East End that we want to be offering help and reassurance where needed.”

For now, the woman and her husband are continuing to sort through the dozens of emails they have received from those offering assistance, again noting that they are overwhelmed by the support.

“It shows there really is a lot of nice people out there that really care about what goes on in their community—it is good to see,” her husband said. “They took it as if it happened to one of their friends or family, and they are total strangers to us. It is really nice to see that.”

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Disgusting.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 22, 16 11:42 AM
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Sad we live in a Country where this type of rhetoric and intimidation exists and there are residents in our community who think it's ok to behave this way.
By rv (38), watermill on Nov 22, 16 1:27 PM
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A lot of idiots in the world. This article is a reminder of that. My heart goes out to the woman and her child. No place for this type of thing in my view, anywhere.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Nov 22, 16 1:28 PM
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Is this a true story? I don't trust the press and I remember Tawana Brawley.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 22, 16 1:46 PM
Yes, the original story is linked right at the top of this page. Or are you choosing not to see that too?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 22, 16 2:17 PM
How does your pointer to the "original story" materially address SA's inquiry?

You could have with equal smugness said "Of course, it's Hampton Bays!"



By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 22, 16 2:44 PM
You mean the story about the unnamed person who was called unclear things by a person in a truck that nobody saw? Oh no, I saw it. This never happened.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 1:56 AM
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It is about time the local police start to treat minority communities with the respect they deserve . The report was file on November 8th, today is the 22 nd and the family has no answer yet.
The East End is a place with a great range of ethnic diversity , if everyone would mind their own lives , living in peace with your neighbor, no mattering the color of their skin, this will be a paradise to live in .
By Stevens (9), Sagaponack on Nov 22, 16 2:51 PM
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What proof do you have that the local police treat people different based on the color of their skin? Do you know if they every found the two assailants that broke into one of the HB homes and tied a teenager up with duct tape and held a gun to his head? What about the break in in Squirewoods? What about all the crimes in HB and elsewhere in SHT? Please remember "Let there be peace on earth..and let it begin with me..."
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Nov 22, 16 8:36 PM
Sorry, I just don't buy it. I think it's made up.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Nov 22, 16 6:11 PM
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Me too baby boo
By jams (129), hampton bays on Nov 22, 16 6:35 PM
Just because the police haven't found the culprits doesn't mean they are ignoring the case because of race. As a white male I have reported crimes to the police that have never been solved.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Nov 22, 16 7:12 PM
No license plate? It could be made up like a lot supposed "hate crimes" against minorities that have been debunked of late. Sorry Hillary lost, get over it.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Nov 23, 16 6:45 AM
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Would anyone agree that this incident is not indicative of any epidemic of crime in our area of this nature? Most crimes, specifically those that contain limited evidence, are NOT cleared. Let's not turn this into a tornado of blame. Let's not bash our police or create a firestorm here.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 7:23 AM
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YES, lets NOT bash our local police officers!

And have some compassion for this woman, maybe this really actually did happen to her( for those of you who think its a false claim.)Lets show Women that if they are attacked in any way, that they can come foreward without any uneccesary backlash . TY
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Nov 23, 16 7:28 AM
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Call the cops. Tell them you were walking down the street and someone called you a honky. No license plate. No information. See how that works out
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 8:16 AM
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Honky. I miss George Jefferson!
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Nov 27, 16 7:24 AM
So much for rallying around this woman.

It seems that our local kkk chapter has colonized the Southampton Press's comments section.

The sentiments expressed here are pretty wild, even for a bunch of l33t trolls.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Nov 23, 16 9:52 AM
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Sad. This is why Trump is our president-elect.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 23, 16 11:14 AM
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I wish the victim of this attack the best and hope others in our community can begin to learn some empathy for a change. Sincere thanks to those who have personally reached out to support, comfort and protect her.

To all of you saying "she made it up" - I hope you thought twice before accusing this woman. I hope you have some valid reason to suspect she's lying. If not, I hope you understand it's reactions like this that often cause victims of racist acts not to come forward. Same goes ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 12:17 PM
AMEN!!!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Nov 24, 16 10:12 AM
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By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 25, 16 6:45 AM
I'm not being condescending. I'm seriously asking people to think hard before accusing this woman of filing a false police report and potentially putting her family in danger. Those kinds of accusations can be detrimental in many ways.

I'm also asking people to try to imagine what others go through, to be empathetic. This is something you are clearly incapable of doing Slime.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Nov 25, 16 7:50 AM
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By toes in the water (884), southampton on Nov 25, 16 8:00 AM
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Can we just be grateful that we live in a community where the presence of morons like the two in the pickup are outweighed by the many good people willing to step up and help when someone's being targeted like this woman? And grateful too that the Press covered the backlash -- too often we only get the bad news, not the good.
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 12:18 PM
yawn
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Nov 23, 16 12:58 PM
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By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 23, 16 1:48 PM
I am a college educated white male who voted for Trump and I can unequivocally say that if I ever saw such ignorant, disrespectful behavior such as what these pathetic guys did, I would be hard pressed to control myself from knocking their heads off their shoulders. Whoever these guys are, I had better never see you do something like that again.
By resident9 (14), hampton bays on Nov 23, 16 1:41 PM
we all agree with you if it really happened
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Nov 25, 16 8:51 AM
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By resident9 (14), hampton bays on Nov 23, 16 1:45 PM
Lib logic:

Those 2 alleged white dudes in the truck that nobody saw are representative of all white dudes in trucks (stereotypical, of course) but bad peoples of any other race are not
Nov 25, 16 6:44 AM appended by SlimeAlive
Hands up don't shoot was a lie
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 25, 16 6:44 AM
No one - at least in response to this article - said this is representative of all white dudes in trucks. Go ahead and try to quote someone if you want to prove your point. Just because you claim this is lib logic doesn't actually mean it is.

What was said here in the comments is that this behavior is disgusting and unacceptable and we should support the victim of these attacks. I would hope you don't disagree with that.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Nov 25, 16 7:41 AM
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SlimeAlive's opinion herein is simply another product of the informed, rational, objective perspective by which he views all reality.

Don't take him seriously. Nobody does.
Nov 25, 16 9:05 AM appended by highhatsize
- - - or his sidekick, pee-wee.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 25, 16 9:05 AM
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