I grew up in the 70s the only Bi-racial child in an all Black area. Throughout my childhood I was specifically targeted for assaults, muggings and in a couple of cases attempted murder by Blacks specifically because of my mixed race. I know this because the people attacking me called me “zebra” or “cracker” and were often enough known to me, at least in that way you would know people from around your neighborhood. I will guarantee you now that not one of the leftists who supports hate crime legislation would suggest the racists who attacked me be prosecuted, because that’s not what hate crime legislation is about.
Hate crime laws are designed to, by process of elimination, create a class of acceptable victims. That why the Christian-Newsom murders were never considered hate crimes even though the heinous brutality of the murders indicate some motivation aside from robbery and rape:
According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Newsom was repeatedly raped and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was shot in the back of the head, the neck, and the back, and his body then set on fire. Christian’s death would come only after hours of sexual torture, medical examiner Mileusnic-Polchan testified. Christian suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with “an object,” possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified. She was beaten in the head. Some type of chemical was poured down her throat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, likely scrubbed with the same solution – all while Christian was alive, the forensic expert said. She was then “hog-tied,” with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets. Christian died slowly, suffocating, the medical examiner said.
The Wichita Massacre was similar in depravity and explicit racism of the attacks, and I would put forward that both were not prosecuted using existing hate crime statutes because there is general agreement among Americans that hate crime legislation should only be used against Whites who commit crimes against an identified protected class. It is no wonder that many gays (especially White liberal gays) sought to have hate crime legislation expanded to cover them as it plays into their desire to be perceived as a minority like Blacks or Native Americans. For the record I don’t believe being gay makes White people “as oppressed” as Black folk were in this country.
I personally happen to subscribe to the theory that there is a spectrum of sexuality, and that people can’t be fit into the Straight/Gay/Bi categories that people who have no other spark of individualism like to use to define their existence. But if we were to accept that it was healthy to base your entire identity on who you prefer to date would that make crimes perpetrated against you by some bigot worse and deserving of more punishment than the crimes perpetrated against Hugh Newsom and Channon Christian?
Is Allen Andrade (who I believe should have died for his crime) more “hateful” than the Newsom-Christian murderers? No, of course not and therein lies my essential argument against hate crime enhancements. They are an implicit recognition by the government that some people’s lives are worth more than others.
No murder is worse than another and no motive for murder is worse than any other. The taking of another human life is only justifiable in the defense of yourself or others, your freedom and in some cases your property. Otherwise, all killing is reprehensible and, on some level, motivated by hatred. If Allen Andrade deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison then so does every murdering, lying thief. But hate crime bills like the one just passed argue that had he killed me or my wife his crime was somehow deserving of a lesser sentence. To me that it truly hateful.