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Judge Decreases Charlottesville Attacker's Sentence From 20 Years to Less Than Four

Daniel Borden, a white man, beat DeAndre Harris, a Black man, with a wooden plank, but Judge Richard Moore decided he's too young to serve the full sentence.


Local media in Daniel Borden's hometown of Maumee, Ohio, said that he was known for his swastika drawings and Nazi salutes in high school. In 2017, at 18 years old, he traveled to the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville where he proceeded to beat DeAndre Harris, a Black man, leaving him with eight staples in his head, a broken wrist and cuts and bruises.

His weapon of choice: a six-foot wooden plank.

Borden was identified by his white "Commie Killer" construction helmet in a social media video, and his high school friends outed him after the attack. He was swinging the plank in the video from over his own head down on Harris three times, connecting and breaking the plank on Harris.

But the Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore factored in a guilty plea, his age and his decision to waive his preliminary hearing into sentencing.

Borden, who was supposed to be sentenced in October of 2018, also was given more time to gather witnesses to testify on his behalf.

Moore suspended 16 years of the sentence and required only 3 years and 10 months of time to serve with an additional 5 months probation, but agreed with the prosecution's assessment that Borden appeared "gleeful" in one of the several videos documented that day.

"One thing is clear," Moore said. "Borden felt he was justified. He was not."

"This is one of the worst beatings I've ever seen as a lawyer or judge," Moore said. Yet Moore still gave the 20 year old white man a break.

Borden's parents maintain that he is not a racist. His father, Rick Borden, a retired Air Force pilot, blames Harris for the attack, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and wrote the judge a letter counting the amount of people of color the family has.

He said that his son was traumatized by the violence and was only defending himself.

Shaun King tweeted when the sentencing news initially broke that the "first bigot that we identified in the Charlottesville assault of DeAndre Harris" was sentenced and that "on the stand his unapologetically racist mother literally said, 'Shaun King is fake news'."

Borden, now 20, is the last of four men that were charged in the beating of Harris, and two other assailants, Jacob Scoot Goodwin of Arkansas and Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia, were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively, in prison in August 2018.

In May in the Charlottesville Circuit Court, Borden entered a plea that acknowledged there was enough evidence to find him guilty, but didn't actually plead guilty. "His argument is he didn't have malice in his heart or mind when he did this," said defense attorney Mike Hallahan.

In October, four other white men and members of the Rise Above Movement, were also charged with assaulting a Black man, two women and a minister at the rally.

Two of them—Benjamin Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach; and Michael Miselis, 29, of Lawndale— are being held without bond and have their trial scheduled to begin this month. Cole White, 24, of Clayton, plead guilty last month to conspiracy to violate federal riots statute and admitted to swinging his torch and striking several individuals and that none of these acts of violence was taken in self-defense," a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Reader Question: If Borden were a Black 20 year old who beat a white man, would he get the same sentence?

The Conversation (5)
Mona09 Jan, 2019

Well, you already know the answer to that questions. The sad piece is that Borden's attack could have actually killed Harris. Thanking God for life. Borden's sentence should not have been reduced. I am 100% confident that the same judge does not give similar consideration when sentencing young black men. I'd welcome a study to reveal the judge's track record when sentencing black men. Of course, Borden is a young white boy with his whole life ahead of him....the establishment cannot allow him to serve 20 years for his vicious racial attack.

Tracy Brooks09 Jan, 2019

Why would this news surprise anyone black whom has resided in America for more than two minutes, white judges are no better than the white cop's on the beat killing black people for sport, only difference is instead of kicking our ass's physically they do it with the pen which requires a far greater time of recovery for their victims and their families than the actual physical beating.

The young man whom took that beating in Charlottesville has now been victimized once again this time by the corrupt U.S. JUST-US system that has shown empathy for white monsters no matter their crimes but continues there constant disregard for black life for even minor infractions.Diversity in America is nothing more than a unachievable pipe dream or should that be nightmare!

09 Jan, 2019

the judge is a redneck and show white privilege is very alive in the court system .if the roles reversed the black guy would be getting life with no parole and attempted murder

votetocorrect09 Jan, 2019
The activst in that area need to rally the comunity for a recall election of Judge Richard Moore!
09 Jan, 2019

A black man would be given the Maximum Sentence. And He Certainly Would Not Have Been Granted 3 More Months To Gather Witnesses On His Behalf.

Update: White Man Who Assaulted 11-Year-Old Black Girl is Due in Court Next Month

David Steven Bell's attorney said he wasn't motivated by anything other than defending himself, but nothing spells racist like referring to a group of Black girls as "a pack of youth who trapped and surrounded" his client.

David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.

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Rep. Steve King's White Supremacy Remark Just Shows His True Colors

King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.

"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."

King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.

Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.

"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.

"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."

But let's look at King's track record.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.

(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)

King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.

In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.

In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."

King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."

Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."

"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.

White Woman Says Her African Daughters Experienced 'Worst Racism' From Blacks

A clueless mother and "educator" writes about teaching her African daughters not to "see color."


A writer for the Federalist, a conservative publication that uses tags in its stories like "Black Crime" to catalog incidents, and defended Roy Moore dating teenagers, wrote a story about her African adopted daughters not being Black girls, but Americans.

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Racist Tries to Run Over Black Children, Points Gun at Them

The 36-year-old man started his harassment by making racist remarks to the children at Family Dollar store in Memphis.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

A white man who harassed then followed Black children after leaving a Family Dollar store in Memphis, Tenn., has been arrested.

Bradley Watkins, age 36, allegedly used the N-word during an argument with the minors on Saturday at the store. Watkins then trailed them in his car, holding a gun in one hand, as the kids were walking home, The Memphis Police Department (MPD) told Fox 13. The victims said he yelled, "N***er, I'll kill you," while pointing the gun.

Even after the children split up while trying to run away, he continued to chase them. A witness on the scene saw Watkins chase the victims at a high rate of speed, running them off the road.

Watkins admitted to police he and the family got into an argument while at the store, but didn't say he chased them in his car.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.

The population of Memphis is 63.9 percent Black and 29.2 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In November, London Lamar, a Black woman and newly-elected democratic state lawmaker from Memphis, said, in a now deleted Facebook video discussing results of the midterm elections:

"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist." She also added that Republican voters are uneducated.

After facing criticism from some constituents, Lamar issued an apology, saying "we want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people."

But she also added that race did play a role in the midterm elections. Lamar said that the many who voted Republican based their votes "on racially-charged rhetoric" that's coming from the White House.

Lamar ran uncontested in the state's House District 91 and took office in January.

Update: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Jazmine Barnes' Killing

"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said, in a statement early Sunday, that homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against Eric Black Jr., 20, for the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Texas.

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Update: McDonald's Employee Who Was Attacked Had to Call the Police Herself

Yasmine James boxed her way to safety. She hired an attorney after McDonald's placed her on leave.

Screenshot from ABC Tampa Bay

Rumors circulated about Yasmine James' firing after she defended herself against Daniel Willis Taylor at the St. Petersburg McDonald's on New Year's Eve, and people on social media were enraged, and talking boycotts.

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