Christopher Phillips, 19, a College of DuPage student, says he spent seven hours in the emergency room and another five hours in surgery after suffering a fractured jaw, four missing teeth, and cuts and bruises on his body from a beat down he received from racist white teens. Why? Because, he says he was talking to a white girl at a house party, where he was the only African American.
“That was probably the worst pain I've ever felt in my entire life,” said Phillips.
Phillips claims he was confronted by Thomas Randich, 19, who told him he was “talking to the wrong girl,” and after a heated argument, he turned to walk away, but was punched from behind and hit the concrete floor with his face. He was then kicked and punched repeatedly by a total of three males. As the men were leaving, Phillips says he heard at least two of them shouting racial slurs. “This is what that N gets,” and, “These Ns think they can do anything.”
The three guys involved are currently being charged with aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. It's not clear why there's a question of whether or not the attack was racially motivated and should be charged as a hate crime. “You can't disguise it. It is what it is. It's a hate crime. They let that be known,” said Phillips.