by Avyaunn Penn, Your Black World
Quite honestly, the African-American gentleman was not out to break anyone’s face or knock anyone unconscious. When your life is threatened, however, you gotta’ do whatcha’ gotta’ do. Marlon L. Baker, 46, was simply minding his own business at an Idaho bar when he was approached by a self-proclaimed skinhead by the name of Daren Christopher Abbey who told him that “black people don’t belong in Bayview.” Baker told authorities that at this point, he left in efforts to prevent an altercation.
Baker thought he was leaving the trouble behind only to find that Abbey would follow him for over 300 yards. NewsOne reports, “Baker says his 28-year-old assailant, Daren Christopher Abbey, then followed him for over 300 yards, called him racial slurs, and threatened to stab him.” In self defense, Baker swung around and threw a single literally face-breaking punch that knocked Abbey unconscious. According to reports from NewsOne, Baker acted out of fear. Lieutenant Stu Miller said, “He (Baker) felt threatened – there was an actual threat that was made that he was going to get stabbed [and Abbey] actually followed him for quite some distance.” The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department says that Abbey was charged with malicious harassment after his facial fractures were treated at a local hospital.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.