- Jul 10, 2006
That was actually a joke, but I'll answer. With the rodeo clown, clearly describing this as a hate crime is an amazing double standard based only on skin color by people who cannot stand any criticism of "their side". With this shooting it's a little different. Shooting an innocent in the back is ALWAYS a hate crime, no matter the motivation. I am against hate crime laws in general - something should be equally illegal or not illegal for EVERYONE - but I would not mind the federal hate crime statute being used in this case as it would guarantee no early release for the evil little animals. Given the SCOTUS decision, that's the best we can hope for. But one has to consider the origin of hate crime laws. Southern states were notorious in discounting or lightly dismissing crimes by whites against blacks, both at a government level and at a jury level. Thus the federal government created hate crime laws to solve this problem, and as inevitably happens these laws were both expanded and emulated. I see no expectation these animals will be given any special preferential treatment or escape justice; therefore I see no real reason for hate crime charges to be brought.And how else would you put it? One of the thugs clearly had a bunch of racist tweets talking about knocking "woods" out and hating white people. Oh but the thugs said it was random killing so we should just believe them and throw any hate crime allegations out the window.
On the other hand the NAACP Missouri state head thinks the whole rodeo incident should be considered a hate crime.
Had the races of the thugs and Christopher Lane been reversed and the twitter posts from the thug be about hating black people this would have without a doubt been charged as a hate crime.
You are certainly correct that were the races reversed, hate crime charges would already have been filed. I don't think though that this means we must have hate crime charges in this case - though as I said, I wouldn't mind seeing that just to be sure they do not get out early. Another part of the justification of hate crime laws is that certain minorities are more vulnerable even with blind justice. I don't think white people, even Australian white people, are near that level.