“New York Man” In Wife-Beating Death Headline Turns Out To Be “Pakistani Man” In Story
“New York Man” Noor Hussein, center
New York man beats wife to death ‘for serving him lentils’ is the headline of a UK Telegraph piece.[By Andrew Marszal, and AP, May 22, 2014]
They hate lentils in New York, that’s why New York men are always doing this. Just kidding! He’s actually from Pakistan, and wanted a dinner of goat meat, she served him beans, and “Bam!”
A 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him lentils for dinner, New York City prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Noor Hussein is on trial in Brooklyn for murder in the death of his 66-year-old wife, Nazar Hussein, in 2011.
Prosecutors said in their opening statements that Hussein was outraged over the prospect of eating lentils instead of a goat dish he had wanted.
They claim he beat Mrs Hussein until she was a “bloody mess.”
Defence attorney Julie Clark admitted that Hussein beat his wife, but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her.
According to the New York Post, Ms Clark also argued that Mr Hussein, who is originally from Pakistan, believed he had the right to hit his wife.
“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Ms Clark said in her opening statements. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”
So it should say Pakistani man beats wife to death ‘for serving him lentils’—saying “New York Man” constitutes a libel against New Yorkers.
Is it illegal under Britain’s hate speech laws to say “Pakistani man”? Perhaps, but oddly enough, it’s just as much a crime, under the same laws, to insult Americans. They just enforce that a lot less. (However, in the 2001, an antinuclear protester was fined 200 pounds for stepping on an object of “symbolic importance to one cultural group” –not a Koran, but a US flag.)
The US press isn’t much better: the headline in the NY Post is Man killed wife for making vegetarian dinner: prosecutors and in the NY Daily News it’s Brooklyn man goes on trial for beating wife to death over meal mix-up.
It’s important for people to know these things, as we discuss increased immigration from places where they “culturally believe” wife-beating is a civil right.