You won`t find this on the Washington Times website because, well, who cares? But on April 12, Page C2, the paper carried this short item:
Man given 10 years for burning cross
A man involved in a 1997 cross burning at Bowie [Md.] High School was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole yesterday.
"This sentence sends out a clear message: There is no place for hate crime in the 21st century," said Lynne A. Battaglia, U.S. attorney for Maryland.
Brian Swetnam, 22, had pleaded guilty to federal hate-crime conspiracy charges.
Federal prosecutors said Swetnam and three other men were angry about an assault on a white student at the school. They discussed ways to threaten black students, including hiring a killer. In the end, they opted for a cross burning, which was carried out June 13, 1997….
 Ten years? Without parole?
 For a crime committed when he was 19 – a high school kid?
 In which no-one was hurt?
 Why is this a federal case?
 What happened to whoever assaulted the white student?
 What was the assailant`s race (unspecified as usual)?
 What if Brian Swetnam had burned a U.S. flag?
 What happened to O.J. Simpson?
 What was it, exactly, that there was no place for in the 21st century?