Man Pushed to Death on Subway Tracks

On Monday afternoon, a Korean man  was pushed to death on the subway tracks after an argument with a black man. Man Pushed to Death on Subway Tracks

There is a New York Post front cover photo which was taken by the photographer which sparked national outrage. And everyone is asking why no one did anything to help him before the oncoming train struck and killed him. My mother asked that the other night while watching the evening news.

I reminded my mother what she always tells me. Don’t start trouble my son let people do their own thing. If there is a crime happening let it go. “Mom, they did what you always tell me to do….” She was then silent.

With that said here is a link to a Dick memory of yesteryear.


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  1. Dick, your story about breaking up the mugging on the subway is poignant and very appropriate to this blog post.

    The exact “physics” of the incident remain somewhat unclear. How much time elapsed between the man being pushed onto the tracks and the train running him over? How far were onlookers from the man? Were they within a reasonable distance to assist him? If people had the ability to reach him in time, would it be possible to lift him off the tracks, assuming his rescuers were two average Americans with average physical strength? Was the man on the tracks aware that there are rescue ladders at each end of the train platform, and if so, why didn’t someone direct him towards them? Could he have stepped into the center of the train tracks, to avoid incoming and outgoing trains? Could he have lied down flat on the tracks and simply let the oncoming train roll over him until eventual rescue?

    I think once these factors are known people can pass judgment on the people who stood idly while this man died a horrific death.

    The photographer made all sorts of excuses for taking several photos of the incident, most prominently that “I was trying to get the train engineer’s attention by flashing my camera bulb. I happened to get photos of the man by mistake.”

    This might be true depending on how much retouching the New York Post had to do to his photos. Still, it’s a slimy, disgusting thing to do when someone’s life is at stake. The photographer made money on his photos and initially would only take interviews for a fee. He later backed off this stance and appeared on CNN and other networks to explain himself.

    He’s not the only one at fault, but his exploitation of the incident is mind boggling. One could argue some of the most captivating photos in history have been of humans within inches of their life: ie. WW2 photos of soldiers and D-day, the photo of the naked Vietnamese girl running from an attack, battlefront journalism, etc.

    I think this case differs because it was eminently more intimate and did not involve some sort of already-happening conflict between warring nations.

    The indifference to human life in America is astounding. Yes, the subway incident could have been yet another example of the “bystander effect” in action, but that psychology needs to change.

    Help your neighbors and pay it forward. It’s the right thing to do.

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