Savannah, GA – An interracial couple was attacked while walking through historic Ellis Square in downtown Savannah. Andrew Quade and Olufisayo Bakre claim they were confronted by three unnamed black men. Quade was left bruised and bloodied after the verbal attack turned physical. The barely conscious man was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The mixed-race couple was reportedly shocked that such a violent reaction to their relationship occurred. Bakre and Quade were simply enjoying a stroll through the popular and busy historic square when they allegedly became the target of a hate crime.
“One of them was making racial comments at us and one of them was blowing kisses. It was a very aggravating situation to be in. This shouldn’t happen in this day and age. I know we’re in the South and all, but it’s time for a change,” Olufisayo Bakre stated during an interview with WTOC-TV News.
Quade, 23, told the local news network that he did not want to “freak out” on the men taunting the interracial couple; he just wanted to get more information about the situation before it escalated out of control. Quade and Bakre claim that before they could attempt to defuse the situation, the trio of black men attacked, according to the Daily Mail.
“He was basically left for dead. I was trying to pry them off and before I knew it, he was on the floor. It happened all so quickly,” Bakre stated.
The Savannah couple maintains they did nothing to provoke the violent attack and believe the difference in their skin color was the sole motivating factor in the beating. Savannah police officers are utilizing surveillance video to help identify and find the attackers.