A Hawaiian man found guilty of attempted murder during a road rage attack showed up to be sentenced in blackface to protest being treated ‘like a black man’.
Mark Char was involved in the triple stabbing attack on the H-1 Freeway in Hawaii in 2016. In March 2019 he was found guilty of attempted murder and two counts of assault, though Char claimed he acted in ‘self defence’.
The 61-year-old told the court he was driving home with his wife when a white sedan cut them off and slammed its brakes on. As the cars pulled over Char initially used pepper spray on the driver but he claimed a younger man from the sedan chased him and started beating him up; the accused man said it was at this point he pulled out the knife.
The convicted man – who is not black – launched into a three minute speech where he said:
“Now this kangaroo court is trying to give me a life sentence for me trying to protect and defend myself against the attack from three guys ― in essence, treating me like a black man. So today, I’m going to be a black man.”