Knockout Game a Hate Crime

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by citizenzen, Dec 27, 2013.

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    citizenzen

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    Perhaps in this case, the recorded material on his cell phone was enough to sway authorities to seek the hate crime charge. But I thought it was an interesting turn of events, that a crime popularly associated with African-Americans would be charged as a hate crime when allegedly perpetrated by a white man on a black.

    I'm not trying to say that this charge is unfair or unevenly handed out. I don't know the specifics of this or other attacks. But this case could set a precedent, and it may increase the demand for other knockout attacks to be treated as hate crimes, especially there's a racial component involved.

     
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    No, I'm not sure about that.

    That's why I used the words, "popularly associated".

    Popular associations are often not true.
     
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    ????

    Am I supposed to glean something relevant to this conversation from the top 10 best dunks of 2013?

    Edit: Oh, no, I get it now. It was the Twerking Merry Christmas video. Thank you, and a Merry Twerking Christmas to you and your family.
     
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    From the article...

    We have evidence that both black people and white people are playing the game, provided, of course, that it is actually a game, and not isolated incidents being blown out of proportion to get people to tune into the news in order to find if they...could be next.

    One thing we know for a fact is that idiocy doesn't know any racial or haplotypic boundaries, so really, anyone could do it.
     
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    Totally agree.

    Agreed as well.

    I'm just reluctant to bring the hate crime element into it, because that will now bring more pressure to apply it in other cases. I can see where it's just going to ratchet up tensions.
     
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    He had to "work up" the courage to hurt a 79-year-old black man. Guess he didn't work very long.

    The saddest thing about this knockout game is the number of women and elderly being hurt. You have to be a real piece of garbage to go down this road.
     
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    I agree with you there. Summary judgements for specific types of crimes are never a good idea in my opinion, because it has the potential to punish someone for something they didn't necessarily do, even if they are ultimately guilty of a criminal act. Everything should be taken on a case by case basis.

    But in this guy's case, I'd say it's pretty apt when you consider the evidence. He stated on record that he wanted to punch a black guy because he was black, and threw out a few racial slurs for added flavor. If it were an otherwise random attack, without any supporting evidence, I'd be a little uncomfortable calling it a hate crime too. But here, the shoe fits, so they're making him wear it.

    No doubt about that. Regardless of race, sex, or creed, it's just a low thing to do.
     
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    play stupid games/win stupid prizes, the punk took on a 79 Y/O dude. hope they fry him.
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/39-knockout-game-39-attack-leads-hate-crime-012237553.html

     
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    It is only a hate crime if a white person is the aggressor.

    If you disagree you are a racist!
     
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