Thursday, July 09, 2009

Racism and hate crimes in Ohio

According to Ohio.Com:

Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.

But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.

It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.

The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.

If this had been a group of white teens attacking a black family while yelling, "this is a white world," the story would have been front page news of every newspaper in the country and would have been covered for days on the cable news channels--with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson leading the charge.

But in America, the big sticks of "racism" and "hate crimes" are applied very selectively.

Racism is racism no matter what color is involved. And if "hate crimes" laws are are not applied fairly, the result is a terrible miscarriage of justice.

4 comments:

Jason said...

The idea of a "hate crime" by nature is a miscarriage of justice. It's perverted "justice" and if our society truly wants to pursue a system of justice for all, then we need to make "hate crimes" illegal.

Dennis said...

I certainly agree with you but I think the selective application of this law will multiply the injustice exponentially.

professor ed said...

"Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation." According to Blacks Law Dictionary (7th ed.) p. 378) hate crime is defined as "a crime motivated by the victim's race, color, ethinicity, religion, or national origin." So why are the Akron police not "ready to call it a hate crime..."? Maybe they would prefer "an ethnic/racial mis-understanding"? Might there be some "timidity" exemplified by the police brass in this potentially volitile matter?

C. K. said...

This is a utter travesty I could not agree more with the statement posted: “If this had been a group of white teens attacking a black family while yelling, "this is a white world," the story would have been front page news of every newspaper in the country and would have been covered for days on the cable news channels--with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson leading the charge.”

I wonder why we haven’t heard from the “Dynamic Duo” with their unbiased input on this issue?