Thursday, May 31, 2007

'Hate Crimes' And Double Standards

By Stuart Taylor Jr., National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A couple of months ago we asked about the double standard in the national media coverage of the Duke Lacrosse case, white boys rape black woman, and the lack of national coverage of the Knoxville, Tn. couple (white couple both raped and murdered by black men). Mr. Taylor asks the same question and more in his article about the enactment of federal legislation concerning hate crimes.

The Washington Post editorializes that we need this bill because hate crimes "terrorize whole communities." Bosh. It would be one thing if the KKK were on a violent rampage unchecked by local and state authorities. But that is not the case. The reality is that only a minuscule percentage of violent crimes are motivated by the targeted biases. And people murdered over money are just as dead as those murdered out of bias.

That's why one leader said in 1993: "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." The leader was Jesse Jackson. Passing another hate crime law would make him no safer.

Read the entire article here.

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