That Non-Hate Crime

Moe wrote about it here. I want to say more about it.According to the Austin Stateman, a brick was thrown through the window of a 4 year old’s bedroom. The brick had a note attached to it that said “Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong.”The white homeowner has lived in the neighborhood for ten years.Here is the money paragraph from the article:

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race. Police say the incident has been classified as criminal mischief and deadly conduct.

Let’s reverse the story. A brick is thrown through the window of a 4 year old’s bedroom. The brick has a note attached that says “Keep Eastside White. Keep Eastside Strong.” The homeowner is black and has lived in the neighborhood for ten years.By this afternoon, the NAACP would be holding protests in the neighborhood. The police would be forwarding the matter to the Justice Department as a hate crime. Barack Obama would be on television condemning the small minded act of hatred.But because this was a white family, the presumption is that this was not a hate crime until proven otherwise. Were it a black family in a white neighborhood, the presumption would be that it was a hate crime. In fact, to be clear, this may not have been a hate crime. We know, however, that the starting presumption would be that there was a hate crime were the races reversed.Congress is now considering hate crimes legislation that will impact the whole nation this way. We will, in effect, nationally be treating crime more or less seriously based solely on the race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation of the victim. We’ll have gone from racial preferences for jobs and education to racial preferences for crime solving.And these preferences and prosecutorial dumpster dives into the psychological biases of criminals will be fraught with bias and distortion that will overshadow the very simple fact that the bad guy should be punished for being bad, period.Hate crimes derive from the leftist notion that we can drive hate from society. We’ve seen in Germany, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, and elsewhere just what steps the left will eventually take to drive hate from society. In modern democracies, the effort may not be genocidal, but it is just as psychopathic.