A violent St. Patrick’s day brawl among white adult men in the middle of Manhattan -- which was caught on video -- has resulted in no arrests, and only one news report of the incident.
That’s compared to the reams of articles and the five arrests resulting from a video last week of a fight among a group of black teenage girls in a Brooklyn McDonald’s.
Anthony Rooar Decarlis said he thinks videos of fights are “trash,” but the 31-year-old artist still felt compelled to pull out his phone Tuesday and record the drunken brawl, which occurred on 46th Street outside O’Brien’s Pub.
“I was out with a buddy of mine, just drinking and having a good time,” he told The Huffington Post. “All of a sudden this fight just erupted. I started recording. There were three different fights. One guy got hit with a bottle, one guy fell to the ground and got kicked in the face.”
One man in the brawl appeared to be knocked unconscious, with his eye “swollen up to the size of a grapefruit,” Decarlis said, adding that “people were trying to see if he had a pulse.”
Decarlis said he decided not to intervene in the fight.
“I'm not gonna put my safety in jeopardy for a bunch of intoxicated frat boys,” he said.
The video ended, Decarlis added, when he decided to call 911. He said other onlookers also called the cops too, and he then left the scene. The NYPD, however, told The Huffington Post Wednesday that there were was “no complaint report on file for this incident,” meaning there were no arrests.
[UPDATE: The NYPD says it's now searching for three suspects in the St. Paddy's Day brawl.]
An estimated 2 million revelers flooded Manhattan bars Tuesday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, many spilling out onto the street and drinking alcohol on the sidewalk, which in New York is effectively only a crime in black and Latino neighborhoods.
Decarlis, who is black, said he doesn’t understand why the fight isn't a bigger story, especially after the outrage last week over the video of black teenagers fighting in a Brookyln McDonald’s.
“I feel like the media is trying to show African-Americans in such a negative light,” he said, adding that “there should be public outrage” over the St. Patrick’s day fight as well.
It’s the same point independent journalist Andrew Padilla, who lives in New York, made on Twitter Wednesday:
A horrifying video last week emerged showing the group of six teenage girls violently attacking 15-year-old Ariana Taylor in a McDonald's in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The incident garnered widespread media coverage, not only in New York but across the nation.
Police say they've arrested five of the six attackers.
Rev. Al Sharpton and members of the community have planned a peace vigil for the victim of the attack, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the video "deeply disturbing" and said the attackers must have "mental health" issues the city needs to address. He added that onlookers should've stepped in and broken up the fight.
“You don’t have someone be hurt in front of you and do nothing about it,” he said, according to The New York Daily News. “It is not acceptable.”
Community organizer Tony Herbert told ABC7 he's launched a new anti-violence task force called "One Family, One Community." He blames the girls' actions on popular culture.
"Young people don't have positive images in front of them," Herbert said. "They get these dumb reality TV shows, the violent video games and the music."
And Rudy Giuliani, of course, blamed President Barack Obama for the fight, arguing the president's allegedly anti-police rhetoric is encouraging violence.
In short, whereas the McDonald's fight made waves, the St. Patrick's Day brawl hasn't, and likely never will.
"Why was the McDonald's fight really a national news story?" Padilla, the journalist, told The Huffington Post. "Plenty of white-on-white violence on St. Patrick's Day that was somehow not news."
"What if the media were to spend the day after St. Patrick's Day talking about white-on-white violence?" he continued. "Shaming the parents of drunken revelers, asking what is it that makes the white community so violent?"
Padilla pointed to the differences in the way people talked about protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown's death to the way people talk about largely white riots that have occurred on college campuses across the country.
Just as the St. Patrick's Day fight shouldn't be an indictment of all white people, Padilla said, the McDonald's fight "shouldn't be an indictment of people of color either."