ATLANTA, GEORGIA – All week, CBS Atlanta News has been showing you the brutal attack on a young SW Atlanta man.
On Saturday, 20-year-old Brandon White was beaten while gay slurs were being yelled at him by members of a gang called the “Jack Gang.”
Wednesday, White spoke for the first time.
“If a straight person can walk to the store and not have a problem, I should be able to do the same thing,” White said, referring to his sexuality. “I shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not I should have to look over my shoulder, or if this person is going to attack me, or if that person is going to attack me for just being a gay male.”
Federal authorities say they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
The gang waited for White to leave a corner store in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh community and then attacked him. As gang members attacked White, they videotaped the beating and posted it to YouTube.
“By them going ahead and want to release it [the video of the attack] and put it on the Internet, I feel that they wanted the attention themselves, they wanted to make themselves look brave, they were strong. But in my opinion, I’m the brave one, I’m the brave one. I dealt with it,” said White.
Greg Smith, the executive director of the HIV Intervention Project, or H.I.P., encouraged White to talk.
“He is doing what a lot of us would never do. He is standing up with courage,” said Smith.
from CBS Atlanta
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