A Hawaii man showed up to court wearing blackface to defend himself for his part in a road rage attack.
Mark Char of Oahu, Hawaii, showed up to his court session wearing blackface, claiming authorities were treating him like a Black man. “Now this kangaroo court is giving 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,” said Char shortly before he was sentenced, which was recorded by KGMB-TV.
Char was found guilty in March of three counts of attempted murder after stabbing three people in 2016. The people included a driver, a passenger, and an uninvolved third-party driver; the incident occurred in what appeared to be a road rage-induced attack. According to KGMB, one victim was stabbed five times and was hospitalized in critical condition after the stabbing.
“I prepared myself to play my part in your kangaroo court — treating me like a black man, so today I’m going to be a black man,” “If you look in the mirror, Mr. Char, you’re not gonna see a black person,” said Judge Todd Eddins in his sentencing, KITV reported. “You’re gonna see a menace. You’re gonna see a menace to society.”
Char used a Black permanent marker to give himself blackface. Char was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Monday.