I’m actually not in favor of classifying anything as a “hate crime.” Obviously, what these three women did was done out of hateful revenge. Most criminals have a hateful and angry heart. That’s why they commit atrocious acts. Calling something a “hate crime” is redundant.
In modern usage, a hate crime is more specific than just a crime committed out of hatred. A hate crime is specifically a crime where the attacker is a person of “privilege,” such as a white person, a straight person, or a professing Christian, and the victim is a person who is not white, straight, or a Christian.
The following is an example of something that is definitely not a hate crime:
Three Philadelphia women will face a judge next week for the murder of a homeless man whom they allegedly attacked in the most savage manner imaginable, with the assistance of several children, because one woman’s son falsely accused the man of hitting him.
Video shot by a surveillance camera at a Sunoco in the north Philly neighborhood of Olney on April 7 shows a minivan pull into the gas station parking lot, where a group that police say included Aleathea Gillard, Shareena Joachim, and Kaisha Duggins, as well as three unnamed teenagers, attacked Robert Barnes just outside the door of the convenience store.
Though it’s not mentioned in the report, the three women and their accomplices are black. The homeless man Barnes was white. Here’s the surveillance footage of the attack:
The Daily Beast continued:
The three women and three juveniles have been in custody since they were arrested in April for the gang assault on Barnes, who remained in a coma until he died Nov. 25. The death was ruled a homicide by Alexander Balacki, chief medical investigator for Montgomery County, who said Barnes died of “complications from blunt impact to the head.”
Authorities say the vicious, sustained assault was prompted when Gillard’s 10-year-old son, who did not participate in the beating but competed with Barnes pumping gas for tips at the Sunoco, told his mother Barnes had hit him during an argument at the gas station.
It was later revealed that the boy had fabricated that assault to explain an injury he received falling from his bicycle—he had argued with Barnes earlier in the day but concocted the story as an excuse for coming home late.
A gang of white men (or women) attacking and/or killing a homeless black man would be an example of a hate crime, and that story would be an instant media sensation. Obama would call an emergency press conference within the hour of the incident happening and make a statement issuing condolences to the victims and their families and condemning the attackers for their racial bigotry and hatred. He might shed a tear. And we’d hear him say that “if he had a son, he’d look something like the victim.” Black Lives Matter protesters would burn and loot, and they’d tweet out death threats against whites with impunity.
However, a gang of black men (or women, as in the case above) attacking and/or killing a homeless white man would just be an unfortunate occurrence committed by a group of people whose keen sense of justice got the best of them. It would remain a local story where it belonged, and if it were brought up by a reporter at the President’s press conference a year after it happened, Obama would claim that that was the first time he’s heard of it. Then he’d question the veracity of such a story. He’d chuckle and say, “You can’t believe everything you read or see on the internet.”