Another hate crime in New York this week, but this time of a different feather. Gothamist has the strange details:
Early yesterday morning, three black men who were walking in the predominantly white neighborhood of Howard Beach, Queens, were attacked by white men. Two of the men managed to flee, but one, Glenn Moore, had tripped on a curb was beaten badly by the attacked; he now has a fractured skull. The police are calling this a hate crime, as the attackers allegedly used racial epithets. The three black men, Moore, Richard Pope and Richard Walker, told the authorities they were in the area looking for a Chrysler 300 to steal and wandered into Howard Beach
Gothamist's comments runneth over with belligerence such as "That ain't no hate crime, that's called an effective neighborhood watch in action." which sounds a lot like the reasoning behind lynchings that are supposed to be a part of American history. This is why we have a criminal justice system, folks - left to their own devices, Americans seem to overdo it with the punishment. We don't know the whole story on why the victims told police they were casing cars, but even if they did steal an actual car (which they did not) this "punishment" does not fit the crime. It seems the violence was exaggerated by racism - much like lynchings - and therein lies the need for hate crime laws. Until we grow out of this exaggerated retaliation, protected classes need that extra (ok, special, but it's in response to special oppression) protection.