We’ve written about these sorts of situations many times before. If you’re at all familiar with my articles, you’ll know that I don’t like the idea of a “hate crimes.” Punishment for a crime shouldn’t be more severe just because the perpetrator’s motive had to do with his victim’s race. Criminal acts should be punished, not the criminal’s alleged thoughts. There should be no such thing as a thought crime.
But in this day and age, the powers that be over-emphasize race in every situation, while talking about how they want a “colorblind” society. I think most people do want to live in a colorblind society. But as long as politicians can’t help themselves from taking political advantage of every mixed-race crime, it’s just not going to be possible.
Of course, they don’t use just any mixed-race crime. Only those where the victim is black, and the suspect is non-black, preferably white. All other cases are ignored, and if it’s not on the TV, it didn’t happen.
Recently, footage was posted of a white shirtless guy walking by a group of black people when one of the black guys blurted out, “Somebody sock this n*gger right here.” Predictably, police aren’t investigating this as a hate crime, even though there was quite a sizable group of all black people beating up a single white guy for no apparent reason, and they used racial slurs. But they used the wrong slur, so maybe that’s why it’s not technically a hate crime, per se. From the LiveLeak description:
Grand Rapids police are asking for help identifying a group of people involved in a downtown assault that was captured on video.
The attack occurred about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in the area of Monroe Avenue and Louis Street NW near Rosa Parks Circle. Police released video of the assault Monday.
In the video captured by a bystander, a male in a group points and yells for others to “sock” a man who walks by while calling him a racial slur. Several people run up to the man and begin punching and kicking him as he’s on the ground.
At one point, a female says she feels bad recording the video. The suspects leave, and a person comes to help the man.
Police said the victim declined medical treatment.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said authorities “will not tolerate this behavior in our city.”
Here’s the footage captured on a bystander’s cell phone: