A Dallas airport drunk attack is making headlines this Monday morning. A man wearing a pink shirt at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport on Thursday was insulted and then assaulted by another man as he checked on his luggage on Thursday afternoon. The attack happened at gate C30, and the man yelling homophobic slurs was drunk at the time. New York Daily News shared video of the assault on Oct. 26.
Why did the man start his attack? The man checking his luggage was wearing a pink shirt. The drunk assumed that meant the other man was homosexual. Authorities did not release the identities of the two men involved in the incident, but WTSP did confirm that DFW Department of Public Safety did arrest the man for assault on Thursday.
This incident is making national headlines today because of video taken of the incident. Several of the bystanders that witnessed the incident took out their cell phones and shot footage of the attack and the man’s arrest.
People did not just stand by and shoot video though. The attack began with homophobic slurs, but it soon escalated to a full-on attack. The drunk man hit the man wearing the pink shirt in his private area and on his head. Several people watching the incident jumped in to stop the attack, and one man wearing a cowboy hat pinned the drunk man down until the authorities arrived on scene to handle the man.
Andrew Kennedy’s footage of the incident went viral soon after he posted it online. He called the incident at Dallas/Ft. Worth airport “absolutely crazy.” His brother had more to say about the incident that he and his brother witnessed:
“We saw a very troubled man. We hope that he was under the influence of some kind of substance, because if he wasn’t and that’s his true personality, then he’s going to have a long road in front of him.”
This incident has stirred up people on the Internet. One Dallas resident commented a post made by Inquisitr.com about the incident, and he spoke out about the city and its liberal nature. Joel Colquitt said the following:
“As a 17 year resident of the DFW area, I can tell you that normally, this kind of hatred and bigotry does not stand. Dallas is a pretty liberal area compared to the rest of Texas, and these people who bravely stood up for this man are heroes in my book. This poor excuse for a human is not indicative of the DFW attitude towards tolerance, and he got what was coming to him for sure!”
This is not the only anti-gay attack that made news recently. Three men shot a man wearing a dress in Brooklyn last month, according to New York Daily News. Police in that incident arrested the men involved and charged them with a hate crime. In this incident, the man was only wearing a pink shirt. This is more and more common these days. The drunk man assumed that the pink shirt meant the other man was homosexual.
According to Care2, 17% of persons in the LGBT community have been the victim of a hate crime since 2010. However, 85% of the attacks go unreported. Attacks on gays and lesbians are on the rise as the media publicizes the fight for gay rights and marriage more.
What do you think of this incident? Was the crowd right to stop drunk man from his attack at the Dallas airport?