Malik told police and the media that he was attacked by four white men outside the university library on Sunday morning. He said the four men emerged from behind parked cars and called out to him. When he ignored them, he said they grabbed his arms and punched him repeatedly and bloodied his nose, calling him an '[expletive] Middle Eastern brown person.'
What an idiot. He didn't do his homework. There's a continuum of phrases that might be used in such a hate crime. They'd range from an innocuous "towelhead" and the silly "pull start" to more anger-filled opprobriums, "Mohammed-loving puke-covered terrorist wannabe" and "Paleswinian splodey-dope." Creative uses of profanity count for a lot among bigoted white males, and merely tossing in a profanity in an otherwise politically correct phrase doesn't smack of truth.
When committing hate crimes, thugs don't say, "Smack that invidious person of color. I feel threatened by his swarthy difference. He offends my sense of pure Aryan entitlement. Force him to submit to our white-supremacist hegemony."
See, you tell that story to the police, and they think you're lying.