Hey Justice, Take Off That Blindfold—it`s Hate Crime Time!
nazi die nazi pig!!!!!!!! Go back to Europe
bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long live the hmong
people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha ha die white
scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To the gas chambers and then the
sincerely, from a true white gentile."
this was the polite part of the letter!)
forwarded the email to
James Fulford, VDARE.COM editor extraordinaire, and
he researched the address for me.
thought I would pass the email on to the Dean of
Students of this public a.k.a
next day (remarkably fast for an academic
bureaucracy) I received an email response from the
assistant dean of students Kathleen B. Peters informing
me that Ms. Wiltsee was no longer a student at Purdue.
However, according to Ms. Peters:
assure you that had the individual been enrolled as a
student this type of communication would be handled
under Purdue`s Anti-harassment Policy. I encourage you
to contact your local authorities regarding this
harassing electronic communication to investigate
possible criminal charges."
"Anti-harassment Policy" covers all forms of
harassment. Punishments range from verbal warnings to
Bias motivated behavior is special.
or harassment motivated by bias based on a person`s
race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin,
ancestry, or disability, the sanctions for such conduct
are subject to enhancement in accordance with these
But should a public university (or private for that
matter) be able to censor the opinions and free speech
of their students?
Bryanna`s forbearing opinion: Absolutely NOT!!!
Incidentally, what would happen if I did contact my
Believe it or not, in some states these kids committed a
crime by simply telling me what they thought
It`s called a "hate crime"…you know, as
opposed to crimes motivated by love.
There are two currently hot issues with hate crime
1. Sentencing enhancements for existing criminal
2. The federalizing of hate crime—the
creation of a new federal crime statute where one does
not now exist.
For the most part, hate as a motive exists only
to augment the punishment for the corollary crime
That may be changing. The Local Law Enforcement Hate
Crimes Prevention Act (HR4204)
is lurking around the Senate as we speak.
It was introduced
on April 22, 2004 by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). In
the Congressional findings—the summary provided by the
bill sponsor for House consideration, there is a
reference (sec 10) to generations of institutional
slavery—followed by this conclusion:
eliminating racially motivated violence is an important
means of eliminating, to the extent possible, the
badges, incidents, and relics of slavery and involuntary
Indeed, the poster
child for HR4204 seems to be Matthew Shepard.
In 1998, Shepard was brutally murdered in Laramie,
supposedly because he was gay. The two men found
guilty of his murder were sentenced to double life terms
His assailants were not charged with a hate crime.
Their punishment was determined by the egregious nature
of the crime by itself.
But the case
incited rage throughout the
gay community, which was quick to label it a hate
crime. The gay lobby cited the unique brutality of the
crime as an
example for why hate crimes should include sexual
But now it appears
that the crime may not have been motivated by hate at
all. The two men responsible for the murder say they
were just robbing Matthew Shepard, for money to buy
And, according to
Wyoming prosecutor tends to agree. [Matthew
Shepard`s killers deny murder was hate crime, Friday, November 26, 2004]
Cal Rerucha also said the case was too complex to simply
be labeled a
hate crime. He said many people overlooked the drug
and robbery aspects of the case at the time of the
Why would anyone
want to overlook drugs and robbery in a murder case?
Rerucha told CNN:
want an easy answer to this case and I don`t think we
would be here five years later if there was an easy
There is an easy answer.
issue of motive can be important in establishing guilt.
But it should be irrelevant to the process of
mother of a slain heterosexual man does not mourn any
less or differently than Mathew Shepard`s mother.
Proponents of hate crime legislation argue these laws do
not anoint a special privilege class of victims—that
they punish a certain category of criminals.
Yeah, not so much.
For example, in Redlands, California three Latinos were
attacked by a gaggle of alleged skinheads. The assault
is being investigated as a "hate crime."
The police chief of Redlands, Jim Bueermann, explained
why the hate crime angle is being pursued. [Assault
probed as hate crime by Stephen Wall,
San Bernardino News 1/04/05]
"I find all crime to
be offensive,” Bueermann said. “Those crimes those
[sic] committed against people because of who they are as
human beings are especially offensive.
emphasis] We pull out all the stops if we
believe the crime is motivated by hate."
Pull out all the stops?
The real story was buried deeper in the article.
The real story: Chief Bueermann was responding to a
demand made by Gil Navarro, associate president of the
local chapter of the Mexican American Political
"We want reassurances
that a hate crime will be sought against these hate
mongers and these criminals," said Gil Navarro
"This should not be treated as a normal assault because
racial slurs that were directed at these
According to the
Department of Justice, a hate crime is defined as
violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt
and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity,
national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or
So how do advocates define hate crime?
Our friends at the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC],
as I have
mentioned before, produce an Intelligence Report
that among other things, tracks hate activity. They
consider them crimes.
examples from its website
Published on 03-30-2004
A black woman who works at a pro-diversity office
received a threatening phone call.
Staten Island, NY
Published on 03-25-2004
Josephine Laringa, 24, and Kimberly Albertson and
David Egan, both 25, were charged with
reckless endangerment as a hate crime for
allegedly shouting racial slurs at a black and
Hispanic couple last September.
Published on 10-22-2003
James R. Buskirk, 17, was charged with a hate crime
for allegedly writing
racial slurs on a piece of paper he then gave to a
Published on 10-07-2003
Scott Bain, a 41-year-old white man, was charged with
aggravated harassment as a hate crime for
allegedly sending anti-Semitic and anti-black e-mails
to students at a college.
Hate Watch list also included events which are, much to
their dismay, technically not crimes…well, not yet.
Milford Published on 03-22-2004
Literature from the American Nazi Party were
distributed throughout the city.
Raleigh Published on 02-21-2004
About 30 members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist
Movement held a rally.
agree that these crimes and rallies are
offensive. Maybe even vile.
But they are also protected under the First Amendment.
Organizations such as the SPLC and MAPA are devoted to
home page of the SPLC says: "Throughout
its history, the Center has worked to make the nation`s
Constitutional ideals a reality."
So since when is the First Amendment not a
Hate crime legislation has very little, if anything, to
do with ending
racism or bigotry.
It is a shameless attempt to promote the Left`s
political interests du jour—above everybody
Wow, imagine that…
Justice would cease to be blind. Instead, justice would
be on the lookout.
Hate crime legislation would effectively end all
equality before the law.
Yeah, that`s a Constitutional ideal…in places
Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.