going solely off of the reports from fox and the bbc, as well as abc, going to link only one link, the story is pretty consistent between networks, check it out on your own if you want.
anyway, I'm against the idea of hate crimes. I think everyone deserves the same protection, police and peacekeepers exempted from this.
however, I cannot fathom how anyone could believe that this crime was NOT racially motivated.
Moving past the fact that this poor man was kidnapped, nearly scalped, forced to drink out of a toilet, forced at knife point to say I love black people", made to endure taunts and jeers. the four suspects said repeatedly over 48 hours of filming: "fuck donald trump" as well as "fuck white people"
is this a hate crime?
"Chicago police say authorities are considering whether an attack on a white man that was broadcast live on Facebook falls under hate crimes statutes.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday morning that the four black suspects made "terrible racist statements" during the assault but that police believe the victim was targeted because he has "special needs," not because of his race."
Chicago police say they don't believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white.
Hate crimes evidently dont cover the special needs group.
to quote the BBC
"The incident has provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, especially among alt-right - the fringe group that celebrated Mr Trump's election win with Nazi salutes.
They say the mainstream media has been slower to react, and the police slower to label it a hate crime, than if a black person had been assaulted by white people."
I NEVER considered myself as alt right, the fact that they are trying to suppress the idea that anyone believing the situation would be handled differently if the victim was a black man, with a group of white males abusing verbally physically and mentally, shouting equivalent slogans such as "fuck obama" and "fuck black people" view by associating it solely with the alt right to me is infuriating.
Maybe I'm just alt right and I never knew it, but it smacks of hypocrisy at its very core.
I do not believe Dylan roof had to endure speculation on whether his actions were a hate crime. (they were.)
Hey if it helps us look better on a global scale with one less "hate" crime. by all means ignore the racial aspect.