Anti-Obama pizzeria ‘hate crime’ allegation has no sauce

It’s hard to imagine a better test of critical thinking skills than reaction to the alleged hate crime, recently perpetrated in Long Island by two Italian pizzeria employees against an African-American couple.

The husband and wife—Willie Marshall, 60, and Alfie Marshall, 65—visited Paesano II Pizza in Greenlawn the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and implausibly claim they were sucked into a maelstrom of racial epithet-hurling, violence, and targeted retribution for President Obama’s reelection.

By the Marshalls’ account, the pizza they were served was stuck to the inside of the bag, so they requested new slices.  The pizzeria employees—Frank Meringolo, 25, and Michael Meringolo, 20—refused.

The Marshalls claim they decided to leave, but the Meringolo brothers started cursing and insulting them—which is totally believable, because everyone knows that lowly service industry employees are far more likely to yell at and harass difficult customers than vice versa.

The Meringolos allegedly began flinging salt and pepper shakers, then launched a glass Parmesan cheese jar at Mrs. Marshall, leaving a bloody head wound.

According to the Marshalls, Frank and Michael then left their posts, stormed the front door, and started kicking and stomping Willie’s face, causing a “cheek fracture.”  During the scuffle, one of the brothers supposedly shouted, “N*****, this is for Obama!”

The first reaction of anyone with any critical thinking skills to this story would be a flurry of questions about suspicious details and bizarre motives that don’t add up:

  • Why would two twentysomething Italian brothers hail racial epithets and attacks on two elderly black people for making a customer service request?
  • Even if the Meringolos were seething with anti-black prejudice, what made them think they could get away with such an attack, which would potentially have unfolded in front of other customers and possibly surveillance cameras?
  • Don’t the Marshalls have more to gain from a lawsuit than the Meringolos?

The first reaction of most liberals would be, ‘I knew it—racism is alive and well in this country, and worse than ever!  Right-wing teabaggers will stop at nothing to sully the legacy of our first black president.’

(I’m sure the first reaction of MSNBC was to consider offering Willie Marshall his own talk show.)

The Meringolos say Mr. Marshall threw the cheese jar and injured his wife when he charged toward the brothers and bumped his wife into the door.  Obviously we need more details, an investigation, and evidence of how the two parties’ stories hold up over time.  The Suffolk County Police Department is considering filing hate crime charges, and the Marshalls’ church is planning a march outside Paesano II.

In this age of phony rape charges by a black stripper and phony racial profiling cases, have we learned nothing?  Why does the public always accept the alleged hate crime victim’s splashy version of the story without subjecting it to a whit of scrutiny, while jumping to the conclusion that America is a hotbed of racial resentment of the Obama presidency?

It’s important that Americans remember that in our judicial process everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Comments

Polititainment

'SNL' laughs at North Korea, Sony hacks
“Saturday Night Live” hit on North Korea and the Sony hacks twice this weekend, proving that unlike most of Hollywood, they aren’t scared of Kim Jong-un. The show started off with a bang, bringing back Mike Myers as Dr. Evil to interrupt the cold open and discuss his anger over the North Korea and Sony hacker […]
RNC asks theaters to show 'The Interview
The Sony hack and subsequent cancellation of “The Interview” has gone fully political. President Obama made an official statement on this decision and now the Republican National Committee is weighing in. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus asks that movie theaters not bow down to North Korea and stand up to this decision by screening the film […]
Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

Clooney: Release 'The Interview' online

George Clooney may have the most awesomely toothy response to the Sony Pictures cyberattack that forced the movie studio to pull the film "The Interview" from its December 25 release.

White House

Obama: I will do ‘everything I can’ to close Guantanamo Bay
President Obama may have signed the defense bill that keeps Guantanamo Bay open for another year, but he is still verbally promising to close down the facility. Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and discussed closing Gitmo by the end of next year with host Candy Crowley. “I’m going to do everything […]
Obama: ‘We’re not going to be intimidated’ by Sony hackers
President Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning and covered a variety of topics ranging from racism to North Korea and the Sony hacks. Obama repeated his earlier statements about the hacks, implying again that Sony made the wrong call by canceling screenings of “The Interview.” “The Boston Marathon suffered an actual […]
Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]

Congress

House GOP wants to give Obama coal for Christmas
President Obama is getting nothing but a lump of coal from House Republicans this Christmas. But he’s not getting it because he’s been naughty — although some would certainly argue he fits that description — instead, it’s to teach him about the country’s resource that “holds the potential for a 21st-century economic revival.” Rep. Mike […]
Rubio, Paul feud continued on ABC's 'This Week'
Likely 2016 presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have been going after each other all week for statements made on President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba and the feud did not take a break over the weekend. The Florida senator, one of the most outspoken critics of the new Cuba policy, appeared on […]
Rubio says Rand Paul is clueless on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio made his criticism of a fellow Republican plain Thursday night.

Gowdy's office responds to Speaker chatter

Rep. Trey Gowdy has become a sensation on the Right, with his no-nonsense style and committee hearing takedowns of Obama officials garnering him praise and attention.

Rand Paul: 'Opening up Cuba is a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the Republican Party's prevailing argument against President Obama's Cuba policy Thursday, saying the move toward opening trade with the long-embargoed nation "probably" is a good idea.