SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Mark Daniels maintains he did the right thing on Tuesday, when he refused to heed an elderly man’s pleas for someone to “call 911.”
The 38-year-old software developer says he was sitting in the lobby of the Courtyard Marrriott enjoying an iced tea when he heard the shouts of Earvin Smith, a 69-year-old man and guest at the hotel.
“I heard somebody yelling for help behind me and turned around to see it was an older, African American man gushing blood from the side of his head. I assumed that because he’s Black, he must be poor, uninsured, and unable to afford an ambulance,” Daniels said.
“That’s the problem with mainstream society right now. People think they’re helping someone out, but they are unaware of the systemic inequalities that can make such help counterproductive.” he added.
“Sometimes, you just gotta do what’s right. That’s what you do when you’re woke.”
Unfortunately for Daniels, a White man, Earvin Smith was the CEO of a new startup tech firm. He was in town for a first round of meetings with potential investors.
Daniels was the only bystander at the time, which meant that Smith was left to bleed to death. Smith’s family has subsequently filed a wrongful death suit against Daniels.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Smith’s son, Arthur cursed the “rampant virtue signalling” of White liberals across the country.
“I consider myself “woke” too. And I do that by being a part of my community, donating to the causes I care about, and speaking out against oppression even when it’s unpopular. This guy’s inaction is just a more subtle form of White supremacy.”
Lead prosecutor in the case, Amir Hassan confirmed as much in a statement to the press after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
“In preparing for this case we’ve pored over his online presence and financials and it isn’t pretty. He’s only indicated support for Black Lives Matter once on Instagram’s “Blackout day,” and signed up to lead a “racial justice task force” at his company that was comprised entirely of White people”
For his part, Daniels remains on the defensive.
“I understand racial justice and I don’t have to be Black to do so. I’m proud of Mr. Smith’s ability to become a Black CEO. We need more of that but the reality is that he’s the exception to the rule, so his death is a necessary price we pay in the fight for equality.”