Hope (you’re armed) and Change: The “hate crime” that wasn’t

This is the latest report of a trend that I would like to see nipped in the bud, mob attacks:

Chased home: Mob attacks man in his house

The first thing that I noticed was that this incident happened on September 9th, but the story was not posted until the 27th, and I cannot find any mention of it in any local papers or on local news channel websites (but I’m in California, so maybe I just don’t know where to look).

Reading through the story we find the same story in a different place. Dozens of angry weapon wielding aggressors focus on a bystander, start yelling racial epithets at him, chase him down (not just to his home, but actually beating in his door to get inside), and beat him severely. One even pulled a gun and tried to shoot… somebody, the article wasn’t very clear about who the guy was trying to shoot (but I imagine that the victim wasn’t very clear on that either).

The aggressors were:

  • Young males (the ones arrested were listed as 17 – 21)
  • Black and Hispanic
  • Dozens strong
  • Yelling racial epithets at their victim(s)

So why is this not being labeled a “hate crime”? Clearly the facts seem the very definition of a “hate crime”. From wikipedia:

The modern era of hate-crime legislation was begun in 1968 with the passage of federal statute, 18 U.S. 245, part of the Civil Rights Act which made it illegal to “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone who is engaged in six specified protected activities, by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.” However, “The prosecution of such crimes must be certified by the U.S. attorney general.”.[46]

Ok, so now that we’ve confirmed that this meets the definition of a “hate crime”,  and verified that the Attorney General needs to certify the prosecution as a “hate crime”, does Eric Holder not believe that “hate crimes” should be prosecuted? Again from wikipedia:

Attorney General Eric Holder said in June 2009 that recent killings show the need for a tougher U.S. hate crimes law to stop “violence masquerading as political activism”.[53]

Hmm. Well I guess “hate crime” isn’t “hate crime” if it’s not committed under the guise of “political activism”.

But I dare anyone to say with a straight face that this wouldn’t be prosecuted as a “hate crime” if the mob had been white, and the victims black.

I would think that even the most liberal “progressive” would be trying to convey that two wrongs don’t make a right.


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