In a society filled with racial tension, it can be difficult to come forward when you are a white victim of a hate crime but that is just what one Austin man did. Michael Temple was viciously attacked by a group of racist black thugs leaving him with a severe concussion and hearing loss in his right ear.
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Temple is a musician, a saxophonist to be exact, but he has been forced to temporarily quit working because of the attack. The attack occurred after he left Friends Bar around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Temple says he was minding his own business when he was assaulted. He says he has hope that police will find the man responsible for the attack.
"I didn't do anything and to have this random, random act of violence against you…like how safe would you feel after that?" he said.
Temple was headed to his car when he came across a group of six or seven black men at sixth and Sabine. "When I was walking by them the dude said, 'F Donald Trump' and then just full force punched me right in the ear," Temple said in an interview with FOX 7.
He was knocked to the ground by the sudden blow and moments later he was sucker punched again, this time he was struck in the back of the head. The men ran off after striking him and he managed to make it to his car.
"Got back to my car, made it home thank God. That night I couldn't hear out of my ear at all. The next day I wake up and couldn't hear out of my ear, so I went to urgent care. She saw there was fluid behind my ear," said Temple. He was told to go to the emergency room where doctors told him he suffered a severe concussion.
While at the hospital, Temple reported the crime to the Austin Police Department who have listed the incident as an assault with injury. He says he didn't vote for the current president and gave no indication to the men that he supported him in any way. "To me, honestly, I think it's a hate crime. Why would you say 'F Donald Trump' and hit me? If you just hit me and didn't say anything… but am I associated with Donald Trump because does white mean you're associated with Donald Trump? I didn't vote for him, I don't stand for anything he believes in."
Temple has been a career saxophonist for more than 30 years but because of the hate crime he suffered he is no longer able to play but is praying for a full recovery. "Playing as a musician, not being able to hear out of my right ear and just because of pressure, it will be painful for me to play. Like I can't play at all right now. It's very frustrating because it's what I love, it's my hobby, it's like my passion. To have that taken away from you, hopefully, it's not permanently."
Temple reached out to FOX 7 for help finding anyone who might have surveillance cameras that captured the incident. Temple went on to say he is concerned about what the men might do to others, "He hit me hard enough to give me a concussion, he could kill somebody else." If you have any information that could help identify the attackers you are asked to call the Austin Police Department.
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