Hate Crime in Phoenix? Police, Press Don't Want to Know; Etc.

The Fulford File, By James Fulford

On Saturday, June 15, three Hispanics fatally shot a young blonde woman named Lynsey Chainhalt, and wounded three of her friends.

But the people who cover "hate crimes" seem to have missed this one. It's being reported as a "road rage" incident.

Three men in a blue SUV followed Lynsey's Chevrolet Cavalier as she drove home from her job at Coco's Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Somewhere on Arizona 51, the survivors said the gunmen pulled alongside Chainhalt's car and started gesturing, at one point throwing beer bottles from their dark blue Tahoe or Yukon sport utility vehicle.

"Chainhalt attempted to lose the men by exiting the freeway, but they cut off her car in a driveway in the 17800 block of North 20th Street. The men got out of the SUV and opened fire….

"Phoenix police said the victims didn't know the gunmen.

"'It appears to be just one of those times when aggravations or irritations get the better of people,' Phoenix police Sgt. Lauri Williams said. ….. 

"Police have not determined what prompted the shooting."

Gunfire victim called sweet, loving | Police haven't determined what prompted apparent road rage. Sean L. McCarthy and David J. Cieslak, The Arizona Republic. Jun. 16, 2003 12:00 AM

Chainhalt's funeral was held on the 20th. [ABC-TV video]

The press template for this story includes the following:


  • She was a "shooting victim" killed in a hail of "gunfire"

Aside from that, neither the press nor the police have any idea what happened.

The Arizona Republic even published a letter from a Joseph Gutierrez of Phoenix, AZ, explaining that it was America that was to blame: 

"But Americans love their violence. They love to kill things so much they will surely try to execute those responsible for the tragic slaying of Lynsey Chainhalt. People will say that's justice. It is not.  (" Violence: The American way")

There's no suggestion of a possible hate crime.

But, tipped of by a VDARE.COM reader, I was able to find one story from Fox News in Arizona that said this:

"Police are looking for three Hispanic males, all between 19 and 22 years old.

"They were driving a dark blue Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon with tinted windows. ..."

You can watch this on video here or here, and you'll see that - after about a minute and 40 seconds - the newscaster mentions the Hispanic angle.

Neither of the stories in the Arizona Republic mention the word Hispanic at all.

But that kind of detail is important in crime stories, especially since it's the first thing police will ask you about when taking down a description of your attacker.

When three young men of one race shoot four members of another race for no apparent reason, it might seem to be a hate crime until proven otherwise.

(And yes, hate crime laws are very bad, but Arizona has them, and this seems an obvious case.)

I've written about this before, and I might as well quote myself here:

"But media blackouts on race and crime produce what Marxists call a "false consciousness".  People don't know the facts about crime. And they can't decide on public policy because they don't have those facts.

"The US has freedom of the press. No-one is forcing journalists to suppress this information.

"Why don't they just do their job?"

[Ask the Arizona Republic's editor]

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"The Stranger, The Disgruntled And The Agent Provocateur"

A Nigerian immigrant surveyor in England, Omorotu Francis Ayovuare, hasn't held a steady job for five years. But he has pressed 72 claims of discrimination against companies that have failed to hire him.

In the process, he's cost the British legal system half a million pounds.

Britain has "loser pays" system in which the loser of a frivolous lawsuit may have to pay for his opponent's legal costs. But that hasn't stopped Ayovuare

"Mr. Ayovuare, who has an M.Sc. in construction management from South Bank University and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, applies for hundreds of jobs. When rejected, he often claims racial discrimination, sometimes without waiting for a company to explain itself. On at least two occasions, the successful job applicant has turned out to be black.

"His cases have cost the tribunals at least £72,000 in public funds. Mr. Ayovuare has not paid any compensation for his failed claims: he has responded to three successful costs awards against him by taking his opponents to appeal."

["Give me a job - or I'll sue" By Adam Lusher and David Bamber, Daily Telegraph, June 8, 2003]

I suppose this goes in the "I told you so" department, along with the latest Supreme Court ruling, and the terrorist attacks.

Of course, it wasn't us who "told you so" first - it was Enoch Powell. In his famous speech on the dangers of mass immigration he said,

"On top of this, they ["the existing population" i.e. the English] now learn that a one-way privilege is to be established by Act of Parliament: a law, which cannot, and is not intended, to operate to protect them or redress their grievances, is to be enacted to give the stranger, the disgruntled and the agent provocateur the power to pillory them for their private actions.

My emphasis. Powell's speech was widely denounced. But it has been repeatedly shown to be prescient.

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