Interview with a victim of racial mob violence
When 55-year old Eddie Motley saw ten black people beating, stomping, kicking, and punching his neighbor and her two teenage boys, and laughing about it, he did not dial 911.
He grabbed a baseball bat and charged.
“Eddie hit the bat on the ground and told them to get off of us,” said Gina Herring, who was observing the assault from the fetal position amid a tangle of kicking boots in front of her Concord, North Carolina home. “If Eddie didn’t step in, I am sure my boys and I would be dead. I was the most scared I have ever been in my life.”
One of the attackers said he had a gun and was going to “blow my head off,” said Herring. “Another, a 14-year-old named Nijel, said ‘I’m tired of y’all white people killing my brothers,’ then he spit on me.”
Finally, after three months, on March 16, Nigel and a 16-year-old girl met Herring’s 14-year-old son at the bus stop, threatening him with violence. “They chased him to our house, saying ‘get that white boy, get that white boy,’” Herring said.
Herring’s other son ran outside to defend his younger brother. The group of two attackers swelled to ten, many much older. Gina Herring is now charged with a crime for trying to pull the attackers off her sons, before getting knocked to the ground herself.
Enter the Old White Dude with the bat. “I yelled, ‘Stop, stop,’” Motley told the local Fox affiliate. “But they would not stop.”