The existence of hate crimes, in any form, should bring people together. At no point should it be acceptable to harm another human being over their race, nationality, sexuality, or anything else. If they are harmed, then there should be backlash and outcry. And this isn’t a simple expectation. This is something that should be common law for those that have a grain of decency.

Yet, this rarely happens. What does happen is this: something racially motivated occurs and then people take sides. Too many times, white people will become dismissive toward a white assailant or go to the extreme with a black assailant. Black people, however, tend to be even keeled. Our biggest concerns are the facts (are they guilty) and justice (will they serve time). At the end of the day, black people can’t concern themselves with extra unnecessities.

And those two differences are only demonstrating why the racial divide is going to keep existing: too many times, there are people that can’t even see situations for what they are without making them what they are not.

Hate Crimes: Case 1

Recently, there was a hate crime that occurred in Chicago dealing with four black teens and a mentally handicapped white (young)man. Here is a general explanation given by ABC News:

Four suspects facing hate crime charges made their first appearance in a Chicago court this afternoon after they allegedly kidnapped and tortured a man, whom a police official characterized as having “mental health challenges,” while streaming it live on Facebook.

The Illinois suspects — identified by prosecutors as Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago — were arrested and charged with hate crime, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington were additionally charged with residential burglary. Hill also was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office. [1]

And there is no real argument for having them arrested and brought up on charges. They taped him up, beat him, and cut him on his arm and scalp. They did all of this while on Facebook Live. Also, there was no logical reasoning behind it outside of stupidity and racial hate. Thus, they need to get themselves ready for a long time behind bars.

Hate Crimes: Case 2

Many moons ago, there was a brutal attack on a mentally handicapped black boy by his white teenage peers. And this one also comes with an explanation:

According to prosecutors, the sexual assault happened Oct. 23, 2015 in the high school locker room. The lawsuit describes one teammate pretending to offer the victim a hug, then holding him down as another boy inserted a coat hanger into his rectum. A third attacker then kicked the coat hanger several times, forcing it farther into the victim’s body and causing rectal injuries that required treatment at a hospital, lawyers say.

 

“The Plaintiff screamed and cried out but no staff member came to his assistance or even attempted to investigate the clamor from within the locker room,” attorneys R. Keith Roark and E. Lee Schlender wrote in the filing. [2]

What I found most interesting about this was the lack of exclusivity of the situation. This has been an ongoing problem for the victim. And much of it was racially charged.

Hate Crimes: Difference in Reaction

When the Dietrich football situation occurred, you could hear many of the townspeople note that this situation was an anomaly. They felt that their town was “not racist” in any form or fashion. All of this threw them off and eventually divided them because of what occurred. We have to remember that the mentally disabled young man and his siblings are the only black people in this town of a few hundred people. Therefore, it is hard to say it wasn’t racially motivated.

Plus, the ringleader (John R.K. Howard) avoided jail time. So, this complicates matters even more.

Meanwhile, there are no plans for those four Chicago teens to avoid any of their punishment.

The Chicago hate crime has become so bad that some white people have started shifting responsibility to non-responsible parties. I have seen tweets blame BLM (Black Lives Matter) for this situation happening (#blmkidnapping, anyone?). Tomie Lauren, in all of her loud-mouthed ignorance, felt that BLM and Obama need to speak out against it (which Obama already has done). Sadly, BLM owes no one an explanation for something they don’t condone or relate to. Therefore, it has been amazing appalling to see certain people come out to cast an accusatory shadow on non-responsible parties.

And this is where the problem lies. It makes no sense to bring up unaccountable parties into situations. I haven’t seen anyone blame the KKK or Conservative Trump supporters for what happened in Dietrich, Iowa. And that’s because they had no connection to it. Yet, we (as black people) must have everyone unrelated to speak up or speak out against it. I would be weirded out by it all if it wasn’t so entertainingly unintellectual.

Hate Crimes: The Ending

How can there be any equality or equity in this country when we can’t treat similar heinous hate crimes the same? In both situations, the teenagers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, that is not going to be the case. Instead, we see one side give the ringleader lesser chargers while uninvolved black organizations and black presidents are damn near required to answer for the actions of wayward teenagers. If you want racism to change, at least put some effort into equal treatment. Otherwise, you aren’t bringing knowledge; you are just blowing smoke.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!