Can someone explain the difference between a white man killing a black man, and a black man killing a white man?
Are not both men equally dead? Are not both families without a father?
So why is one crime considered worse than the other?
In my mind all violent crime is hate crime. You don’t commit a violent crime against someone because you feel indifferently about them.
The idea of “hate crime” is just silly, and more importantly, it is a violation of equal protection. Why should the law punish one person for X years, and another X+5 years for the exact same crime of murder?
WASHINGTON — Hate crime incidents in the United States rose last year by nearly 8 percent, the FBI reported Monday, as racial prejudice continued to account for more than half the reported instances.
Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical or mental disability. That was up 7.8 percent from the 7,163 incidents reported in 2005.
Although the noose incidents and beatings among students at Jena, La., high school occurred in the last half of 2006, they were not included in the report. Only 12,600 of the nation’s more than 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participated in the hate crime reporting program in 2006 and neither Jena nor LaSalle Parish, in which the town is located, were among the agencies reporting.
Bias against a particular group is irrelevant. Justice should be blind and equally applied. Why should Hispanics or Blacks, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Muslims, Gays and Lesbians, or Middle-Easterners have more protection under the law than your average white male?
By giving these groups special protections we are in effect saying that they are either more important, or less capable of protecting themselves than other groups.