EDITORIAL: Attack in Ontario doesn’t reflect the community

Employees of Pilot Travel Center in Ontario restrain a suspect after a stabbing on Saturday, Dec. 21 that hospitalized Ronnell T. Hughes. (Frank LeCalir/special to the Enterprise)

Let’s be very clear about the terrible knife attack days before Christmas in Ontario. This does not represent Ontario or any part of Malheur County. Almost as one, the community reacted in shock and shame at what happened to a black man showing up for work.

The shock was that a slashing attack like this could happen in our community. Ronnell T. Hughes, 48, was ready to start a new job in Ontario after moving to town in October when struck. The shame is that police said the attack on Hughes, who is black, seemed to be motivated by race, a detail that rapidly spread across the country via news . . .