Tuesday, September 11, 2007
HUMANITY AT ITS' FINEST - NOT!
These 6 people were arrested and charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, and torture after holding and horrendously abusing a 23 year old black woman. Two of them are mother and daughter and two are mother and son. The FBI is investigating the possibility of this being a hate crime.
When we first reported on this, some of our posters questioned why this would qualify for a hate crime when the Knoxville murders did not. I don't have all the answers but I would surmise that since the victim was able to report to the police that she was told this was because she was black and that the "N" word was used every time they stabbed her then it might be a slam-dunk. However, in the Knoxville murders both victims were killed and according to police there is no evidence linking this to race.
This is where hate crime legislations fails. I have said it before and will say it again - hate crimes are difficult to prove. There is no way to know if a person is victimized because of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. unless there is blatant prejudiced displayed and witnessed during the commission of a crime. Every crime by one race against another does not qualify as a hate crime.
I'll ask the questions again, hoping to get some sensible answers - Does hate crime legislation need to be more clear in its' wording; does hate crime legislation serve as a deterrent; aren't most violent crimes, crimes of hate?
As far as I am concerned - the crimes committed in West Virginia, just as the crimes in Knoxville, are heinous beyond belief. I hope to God that those guilty rot in prison forever.
Posted by Nikki at 9/11/2007 12:28:00 PM