Friday, July 24, 2009

Not a Hate Crime

So, this is an interesting little story out of the very blue capital of Texas, Austin. According to the story a brick was thrown through the window of a house on the east side of Austin which has been traditionally black in some areas and hispanic in others. Of course, like many areas of prosperous cities, the east Side of Austin has been undergoing some gentrification over the last couple of decades.

The brick actually went through the bedroom window of a white 4 year old living in the house with his mother. Why is race important? Well, because the brick had a note tied to it which stated, "Keep Eastside Black, Keep Eastside Strong" (pictured)

So, if this is a real incident (and I have no reason to believe it's not) then you would think it would be classified as a hate crime, right? Isn't this the definition of a hate crime?

Evidently not:

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race. Police say the incident has been classified as criminal mischief and deadly conduct.

Come again?

1 comment:

  1. Where are the Obama comments on this I wonder? Think the incident would have warrented mention if the rolls were reversed?