the 2 men are white, the 7 are black.
This is, of course, just an assault, not a hate crime.
I wonder what it would be if the races were reversed?
Seems that the incident began at a waffle house in West Point, MS. The two men left and went to a different restaurant, but were followed by the group of 7. Outside of the second restaurant, a fight occurred: the result? One (white)man severely beaten and in the hospital. The other (white) man is in an induced coma after undergoing brain surgery.
Somehow, this is being investigated as a simple assault, not a mob action and not a hate crime.
Odd how the parameters for such things change as race changes, innit?