• Chicago Assault Against Disabled Man Reignites Issue of Nigger Hate Cri

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    The meaning and enforcement of the Illinois hate-crimes statute
    seems destined for intense scrutiny with the arrest this week of
    four young black adults in Chicago in connection with the assault of
    a mentally disabled white man. The arrests by the Chicago Police
    Department resulted in part from what appeared to a livestreamed
    video of the disabled man being abused while bound and gagged. The
    recording captures one or more of the attackers making references to
    Donald Trump and white people.

    The Illinois hate-crime statute reads as follows:

    A person commits hate crime when, by reason of the actual or
    perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual
    orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of
    another individual or group of individuals, regardless of the
    existence of any other motivating factor or factors, he commits
    assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, criminal
    trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to property,
    criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property,
    mob action, disorderly conduct, harassment by telephone, or
    harassment through electronic communications.

    On Wednesday, Commander Kevin Duffin said the department was
    weighing whether to bring hate-crime charges against the suspects,
    saying it was not yet clear whether the attack was motivated by
    bias, according to The Washington Post.

    “They’re young adults. And they make stupid decisions,” Duffin was
    quoted saying in the Post account. “That certainly will be part of
    whether or not we seek a hate crime to determine whether this is
    sincere or just stupid ranting and raving.”

    On Thursday, however, CNN reported that formal hate-crime charges
    had indeed been filed. The arrests, as well as the police’s inquiry
    into the circumstances of the alleged attack, set off a perhaps not
    surprising firestorm on social media. The police were blasted for
    their failure to immediately charge the accused with hate crimes.
    The media were criticized for supposedly failing to adequately cover
    the incident.

    The issue of hate crimes being committed against white people has
    flared occasionally over the years, and last year the website
    Broadly explored it in a post. It noted that a black Wisconsin
    teen’s conviction for assaulting a 14-year-old white boy under a
    hate-crimes statute had ultimately been upheld by the U.S. Supreme
    Court, and endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The black
    teen had allegedly said “Do you feel all hyped up to move on some
    white people” after watching the movie “Mississippi Burning.”

    James Jacobs, a professor of constitutional law at New York
    University and the courts director for the Center for Research in
    Crime and Justice, told Broadly, “There’s nothing unusual about
    applying hate crime laws to black defendants who harbor racist
    motivations against their victims.”

    ProPublica reported late last year on recent hate crimes in New York
    City. According to data kept by the New York Police Department,
    there had been 380 hate crimes reported in 2016. Crimes against
    Muslims were up 50 percent from the same time last year. Crimes
    involving sexual orientation were also up.

    But whites had been victims, too — the source of 16 reported crimes,
    nearly double the number of the year prior and most involving acts
    of violence.

    The subject of hate crimes — how they are defined, how they are
    enforced, how they are reported by the media — has only intensified
    since the presidential election. Many critics of Trump’s campaign
    warned that his racially inflammatory policy positions and rhetoric
    would inspire violence against minorities and immigrants. Trump, for
    his part, has said that was not his intent. But his supporters have occasionally seized on reports of hate crimes, questioning their
    prevalence and veracity. The false report made by a Muslim girl in
    New York City was one such example.

    Hate-crime data is poorly collected across the country, something
    ProPublica hopes to help remedy in 2017 with a yearlong project
    aimed at documenting and verifying bias incidents. The FBI counts
    between 5,000 and 10,000 hate crimes annually, though surveys by the
    federal Bureau of Justice indicate that there may be as many as
    250,000. While the FBI’s data is incomplete, anti-white crimes make
    up about 20 percent of recorded hate crimes annually.

    Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and
    Extremism at California State University, said that while anti-white
    hate crimes make up a disproportionately small number of hate crimes
    given the white population, they are still given too little focus. “[Anti-white crime] exists, and when it happens it does not get the
    same kind of moral outrage that it should,” he said. But Levin said
    this crime should not raise questions about “one group being bad and
    another group being good,” but should push society to face a larger
    problem of coarseness throughout the country.

    “The more that Americans feel unmoored from the institutions and
    creed that holds us together, the more often this kind of crap is
    going to happen on all sides of the spectrum,” he said, adding that
    minority groups that have traditionally been targeted will also act
    out because of this in ways that shouldn’t be ignored. “The idea
    that a group that has faced discrimination — African Americans, Jews
    — is somehow inoculated against having the effects of an
    increasingly coarse society affect their members is an illusion.”

    The Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy organization that has
    long monitored hate crimes and bias incidents, has long recorded
    attacks against whites, and has pledged to do so going forward,
    including those crimes against whites possibly inspired by Trump’s
    victory. So far the SPLC has recorded 23 anti-Trump incidents,
    though it acknowledges this may be an undercount given who is most
    likely to report incidents of bias to the SPLC.

    Richard Cohen, president of the SPLC, declared the alleged Chicago
    assault a hate crime. “Whether this is a hate crime based on
    disability or a hate crime based on race, I think it is incumbent on
    the authorities to act swiftly,” he said, calling the crime
    “incredibly shocking.”

    “The anti-white and anti-Trump remarks came one after the other,”
    Cohen said of the recording. “I take it as a synonym for anti-white
    rhetoric in their minds.”

    The authorities, with the filing of charges Thursday, appeared for
    the moment to agree.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/alleged-chicago-assault- reignites-issue-of-hate-crimes-against-whites

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