This has all the characteristics of what officials would call a “hate crime.” Using racial or “homophobic” slurs directed at the victim during the commission of a crime is usually all the evidence needed to make such a crime a “hate crime.”
But officials are so reluctant to call out incidents such as this one, which happened in Chicago to a white mother of two, because the perpetrators were black. The mob was banging on her car, denting and shaking it. They shattered the back window, causing shards of glass to be scattered over the woman’s two kids in the back. They were yelling racial slurs at her, and telling her she doesn’t belong in their neighborhood because she’s white.
Yet, the incident remains little more than a local story. Even though dozens of kids were involved, only two got arrested on misdemeanor charges. I know the question has become cliché, but it bears repeating over and over again: If the races were reversed, would we ever hear the end of this story? Of course not. And it would unquestionably be a hate crime. ABC 7 Chicago reported:
Police say two people were arrested and charged, but Susan Pedersen says several dozen people were involved in the incident that left her two kids covered in broken glass.
The encounter left several dents in the vehicle and shattered the back window.
“I’m very scared, very anxious, nervous. Just fearful,” she said.
Broken glass littered the pavement at 60th and King Drive across from Washington Park, where the attack took place around 9 p.m. Thursday night.
Pedersen says she had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago with her daughter and son in the back seat. She said she stopped at a red light and found herself surrounded by several dozen young people.
“They were walking around both sides of the vehicle – in the front, in the back – and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white,” Pedersen said.
The group, all African-American, she says, kicked the vehicle and shook it violently. Her children were in the back screaming.
Pedersen said one person was on a bicycle – the group used it as a battering ram, shattering the back window, with glass flying into the third-row seat where 3-year-old Benjamin was seated. The broken glass left cuts on the boy.
Pedersen said a police car, which happened to be nearby, arrived and the group scattered.
Police say two juveniles were arrested. Pedersen, however, is still unnerved.
“This is something that’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life,” she said.
Police say the two juveniles have been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property, but Pedersen says this was more than a property crime and she would like more serious charges filed.
This kind of stuff happens with little national attention, while most of the media and politicians want to talk about how the Confederate battle flag is “racist” and how displaying it should be banned as a hate crime. Grandstanding politicians pat themselves on the back for publicly calling for the flag’s removal from society. Monuments and graves of Confederate generals and soldiers are being desecrated because of slavery and racism a century-and-a-half ago. It might feel good to some of these people to dig up the bones of the past to burn them, but what about here and now? Why don’t they care about the present?