There was an altercation between a drunk, racist, well-dressed white man and a black couple in New York's Greenwich Village on Friday. It did not end well for the white man, who is now in critical condition after he was knocked out and his head hit the pavement. There's some debate over how this incident started, based on the two primary reports from the New York Post and the New York Daily News.
Here's the Post's version of events:
A black couple was sitting outside the Mexican joint when an intoxicated white man stumbled into their table.
Douglas Reddish, 25, who was eating with his girlfriend, tried to help him regain his balance, cops said, and the wait staff came over to shoo the table crasher away.
Witnesses on Greenwich Ave. near W. 12th St. said the white man — who cops said is in his 30s — was belting back beers outside Benny’s Burritos about 5:30 p.m. when he began mouthing off to a black customer in the outdoor seating area.
What happened next isn't really up for debate, though. The drunken white man hurled racial slurs at the couple who were, up until this point, privately enjoying some Mexican food. "You n-----s are why I lost my job," the unidentified drunk said, witnesses told the Daily News. "This n----r wants to fight me!" he yelled, police told the Post.