What’s Going On? Man Convicted of Attempted Murder in Hawaii Road Rage Attack Wears Blackface to Trial, Accuses Court of ‘Treating Me Like a Black Man’

A man convicted in a Hawaii court Monday for his role in a road rage attack wore blackface to court while giving a racist defense wherein he accused the court of treating him like a “black man.”

Mark Char, an Oahu, Hawaii resident, was found guilty in March of 3 counts of attempted murder after he stabbed three people in 2016 — a driver, a passenger and an uninvolved third-party driver — in what appeared to be a road rage-induced attack.

One of the victims was stabbed 5 times and was hospitalized in critical condition after the stabbing, reported KGMB-TV.

Char was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Monday.

“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. He is not black.

“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 black permanent marker to give himself blackface, reported KGMB-TV.. Blackface is widely considered to be a racist caricature rooted in pre-civil rights era minstrelsy.

SOURCE: Joshua Bote, USA TODAY