Anyone can play the race card, as evidenced by the aftermath of this early Sunday morning confrontation between a white 29-year-old leather accessories designer and the four black men who allegedly jumped and robbed him. Jason Fordell, visible in the photograph above, was taking the 4 train when the incident occurred.

Fordell claims that his attackers used racial epithets against him as they attacked. Fordell also alleges that a random onlooker joined that attack, unprompted.

The police and MTA are investigating, but there's no word if this will be classified as a hate crime.

If only some passenger with a cellphone had recorded the fight. Then we might be able to know for sure. 

To see mass transit fights caught on tape, proceed directly to our list of the 50 Craziest Mass Transit Fights.

[via Gothamist]