Hate Crime Laws: Another Privilege for Blacks

Only a week or so after a

in the U.S. Senate about Sen.

Ted Kennedy`s
hate crimes bill,[PDF of bill text] a real hate crime actually took place
in New York City, but probably neither most of the
senators nor most Americans even heard about it. As the
New York Times headline described the crime, "Man
Shoots Three in Rampage in East Village
” Perhaps you
can guess why the headline doesn`t mention "hate."

"Hate" is not mentioned because, as
the Times further reported, "a black man who has
AIDS and who, as the police said, told investigators he
was bent on killing as many white people as he could"
did the shooting. Almost invariably, when
blacks driven by hatred of whites
commit mass murder
or try to, it`s not really a hate crime.

Indeed, this particular hate crime
almost wasn`t even news. After all, the
"black man who has AIDS,"
named Steven Johnson, only
shot three people and held "40 or so patrons" at the
back of the restaurant "where they

huddled in terror
as he sprayed kerosene on them and
threatened them by repeatedly flicking a barbecue
lighter" before he was

. The New York Times buried the story
on page A18, among the obituaries. The Washington
entombed it in a news brief on page A6, just
above another brief that informed us that floods in
Ross, Minnesota, had reached the level of 23.5 feet. The
conservative Washington Times, panting to catch
up to the Post, stuck a

news brief
about it on page A10 on Tuesday. When
blacks slaughter whites and rant "about white people and
vow revenge for thousands of years of suffering," as New
York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said witnesses
described Johnson as doing, it`s not news
fit to print.

Indeed, despite the transparent
racial hate that drove Mr. Johnson, the commissioner

reluctant to call it a hate crime himself
. "It will
be categorized as a bias crime, but," he explained,
"this was such a bizarre event. This individual was
clearly deranged, possibly as a result of his wife
having died."

That`s nice. By publicly
speculating on the causes of Mr. Johnson`s rampage and
giving the public the benefit of his amateur psychiatric
diagnosis, the commissioner may have established grounds
for an

insanity plea
and for dismissing the role of
anti-white hatred. It wasn`t really hatred of whites
that motivated Mr. Johnson, you see, because he was
"clearly deranged" and his wife had recently died.

In 1998, when three white men
murdered a black man in Jasper, Texas, for what seem to
have been racial reasons, no one bothered to explain
their motives, or speculate about their mental
conditions, or mention that at least one of them had
probably been

by blacks while

in prison
and therefore

"was clearly deranged."
In that incident,

as in
the murder of homosexual Matthew Shepard
around the same time, there was one and only one


Nor will Greenwich Village receive
the blessings of visitations from Jesse Jackson, Al
Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or the small army of
celebrities, demagogues and hungry politicians that
descended on Jasper in the aftermath of its hate crime.
Nor will the president or the Justice Department

order the FBI to investigate
"anti-white racism" in
New York City. Why would they? That only happens when a
white attacks a non-white. Why should it happen when
whites are attacked by

Perhaps most interesting of all, if and when debate
on Sen. Kennedy`s hate crimes bill is resumed, no
Republican opponent of the bill will think to criticize
it because what are today called
crimes laws"
are really laws that
criminalize any white assault on non-whites and
thereby create a
special legal privilege for non-whites. Nor will any
Republican complain that the reluctance of police and prosecutors to call
racially motivated violence against whites "hate" is
itself an act of discrimination. During the recent

on the Kennedy bill, the heaviest criticism
that Republican "opponent" Sen. Orrin Hatch could come
up with was that the bill failed to impose the death
penalty for hate crime homicides.

The original concept behind "hate
crimes" was that they would expose and penalize and help
root out the "white racism" and "hatred" that supposedly
permeate American society, and even today those who push
them complain that there are far more hate crimes than
are really counted by the police (they`re not talking
about hate crimes against whites, like the one in New
York). But what hate crime laws have really done is
expose the blatant double standard, the injustice and the
transparent anti-white racism that the self-proclaimed
"enemies of hate" have entrenched in our laws and
increasingly, through the media,
into our minds.


June 20, 2002