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Yet another Howard Beach woman victim of brutal racially motivated attack.


From Queens Chronicle…

Upon exiting the grocer with a drink, a black teenage boy who was hanging out outside C-Town with a teen girl confronted her in a manner that could be described as anything but rude — in fact, he went out of his way to compliment Phyllis on her hairstyle.
“I was about to turn around and thank him when the girl he was with cursed him out and said, ‘why are you complimenting that white b****?’” Phyllis said. “I said to the girl, ‘my God, I’m three times your age. You should act like a young lady.’”
Suspecting the confrontation would start and end on that corner, Phyllis crossed Sutter Avenue to Cookie’s Lounge to inquire if the bar sold cigarettes. Having completed her purchases, she prepared to cut across Crossbay and return to work, not expecting to encounter trouble from a group of about 12 teens — which included the boy and girl with whom she had exchanged words in front of C-Town — that had congregated on the corner across the boulevard from Cookie’s.
“As I was walking by, the boy told the girl ‘oh look, here comes that b**** again, she’s gonna f*** with you,’” Phyllis said. “The girl then approached me and said, ‘I know you didn’t cross the street to f*** with me, you white b****.’”
Phyllis said she repeated to the girl that she should be more respectful and the girl, in turn, slapped Phyllis’ hand. Almost immediately, four of the teens jumped on the woman, kicking and beating her. They stole her cell phone and left her on the ground, fleeing when the police showed up.
When the nightmare was over, Phyllis learned two bones in her spine had been fractured and one of her ribs had been kicked out of alignment, which affected her lungs and breathing. Countless doctor and chiropractor appointments later, and she says her back is still killing her.
But, arguably worse than the physical pain, is the emotional distress Phyllis says she feels. “I’ve been around the block a few times, grew up in Brooklyn and have a little street in me,” she said.“But this has really devastated me. They attacked me because of the color of my skin.”