Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Racially Motivated Mob Beating Or Treat

Long Beach, CA

Those wacky kids. Looks like some young whippersnappers got carried away on Halloween. No, wait. Sorry, I meant to say "a mob of psychopathic, pubescent thugs".

Nine girls and a boy (ages 12 to 17) were arraigned Friday on three counts each of felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to cause great bodily harm. Apparently, three women, all white, were attending a Halloween block party in Long Beach when the group, all black, swarmed them and attacked.
The women, who are white, said that their attackers, who were black, shouted, "we hate white people, f--- whites" while beating and robbing them, according to the Press-Telegram.
Which leads us to the second part of this.

The prosecution was originally planning on adding a hate crime charge to the list, but decided against it. They may still throw it on there if they feel they can prove it.

Personally, I've always had a problem with the whole hate crime thing. How is a white man killing a black man, or a straight man killing a gay man, worse than any other kind of murder. They're just as dead, right? Aren't both murders, after all, equally important? I get the whole motivation of sending a strong message that crimes borne of racial hatred will not be tolerated. Fine. Wonderful.

But how about we work on educating people to get rid of the intolerance in the first place? Hate crimes start off as, "I don't like those people over there because they look different from me." Somebody doesn't just decide one day, "Ya know, I really hate Armenians/Chinese/Samoans/Eskimoes" without having some kind of history of it.

So instead of tackling a symptom in a way that heightens the magnitude of one person's murder over another, lessening the tragedy of that other person's death, why don't we work to fix the root cause of the problem? Work on the issues of education, poverty, the sense of disenfranchisement that so many people have that makes them feel justified in perpetrating these crimes in the first place?

That said, I do hate the French.


angie said...

Yay! Angry, evil, funny Stephen's back on the case!

But when will you ever learn that logic is not friends with crime, much less the legal system? When you throw in the human thing, logic just doesn't work. Sheesh...

Cornelia Read said...

Wait, so it's not hate if you beat up f@#$ing white people after you tell them you're doing it because they're f@#$ing white people?

I'm confused. Does that make me evil?

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Angie, thank god logic's no friend of crime. Without that we wouldn't have things like bank robbers not knowing about exploding dye packs, or asshats dropping shopping carts on little old ladies.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Cornelia, yes. You're evil.

So very, very evil. And we love you for that.