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The recent torture of a White teen, described as a special needs student has ignited a national dialogue on race in America. Since the inception of America the vast majority of hate crimes against people of color have been perpetrated by Whites. These crimes have included slavery, lynchings, beatings and the destruction of entire Black towns. As the circumstances of Black Americans improved in this country, hate crimes perpetrated by whites have been downplayed by some media outlets.

Overall, there still seems to be a reluctance to charge Whites with hate crimes. When Dylann Roof massacred nine members of Emmanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina, there was an initial reluctance in some conservative media outlets to label the incident a hate crime. There were cries that Roof possibly suffered from mental illness and the killings couldn’t have been racially motivated because he liked

rap music and had a Black friend. Even police in Charleston seemed oblivious of the heinous nature of the attack and took Roof to Burger King for a delicious Whopper. Roof was convicted on federal hate crime charges in December and faces sentencing that may see him put to death by lethal injection.

Since the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been a focus on the systemic racist oppression of Blacks in this country as shown with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Even though the movement is nonviolent and used peaceful protest that included marching, sit-ins and other public demonstrations, the group was labeled by White conservative media as a hate group.

In the 2016 election cycle, despite Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric he was elected to the presidency in a campaign that saw multiple episodes of violence. Trump supporters were seen on camera physically assaulting members of the rally crowd who were protesting against the racist demagogue. One famous incident showed an elderly White man punching Black protesters. Despite the video evidence, the man was not charged for this hate crime even though he admitted shortly afterward that it felt good to punch one of “them.”

The four teens who kidnapped and abused their victim in Chicago have been charged with a hate crime. Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24 were charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime.

To many the charges are justified in what is an obvious heinous and malicious attack in which they made the victim shot “F—- White people” and “F— Donald Trump” as seen in the now infamous Facebook Live video. Mainstream media have now portrayed these attackers as the face of Black hate in America and even suggested that they were part of the Black Lives Matter movement. This accusation caused outrage from activists such as Sir Maejor Paige who heads the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta group. But there are also many who say that the attackers should not be charged with a hate crime because Whites have not been charged in other attacks on Black victims. One popular Atlanta morning radio host fielded a number of calls that surprisingly suggested that the attackers should be given a pass on hate crime charges. Some of these comments by the callers were supported by the host. He mentioned the numerous societal issues that have confronted Blacks in America that have damaged the psyche of the young attackers responsible for the attack. He cited the lack of fathers in the home and the fact they are living in Chicago, which has been described by others as a war zone that is changing an entire generation of Black youth. The host bristled at the notion of personal responsibility for the attackers and painted the incident in Chicago as infinitesimal compared to the historical suffering of Blacks in America and stated, “They should get a pass on this one.”

For some people, the thought of Black people being racist is an impossibility because Whites have power to oppress Blacks because they control the system and economic structure in society. However, this does not mean that Black people can’t hate White people and commit crimes just as brutal as their oppressors. Hate crimes are committed by the hateful and they can be racially motivated regardless of color. The pity in the current situation is that as we move toward the era of Donald Trump’s America we can expect that crimes against Blacks by Whites will continue to be ignored. In the same token we can expect to see crimes against Whites to be consistently painted as being done by “racist” Blacks. It is clear in 2017 we will continue a bloody butcher’s bill trying to balance the ledgers of hate.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • Billy

    Ever notice the niggers wanna point fingers at everybody else’s crimes and sweep theirs under the rugs. Sorry Charlie that video shows exactly the animals you are.

    • cstack

      nobody swept this under a rug , it’s a hideous crime but don’t expect us to lower the flag and fall on our knees for your forgiveness . and it takes a nigger to know one

      • Billy

        You’d do it if a white cop shot your ass for breaking the law. Fuck you nigger.

        • Guest

          Hey Billy, “muh dik”! Does that do it for ya!

          • Billy

            ??nimrod.

      • Jason

        This Billy idiot is hateful. Just block his ignorant ass. Whites coming on this board to live out their hateful fantasies about Black people are the ones with special needs.

        • Billy

          Don’t ask for something you don’t want, THE TRUTH!

        • Guest

          White men like Billy have a very strange obsession and infatuation with black people but in particular bm. Studies have shown that wm are the only group of men that participate in cockold, in which they recruit young usually black men to sleep with their wives/girlfriends. I suspect Billy is not at all racist but a frustrated closeted homosexual in search of bbc and gets hard off of making these comments. Why else would he invest so much of his time?

      • Billy

        But you expect everyone to fall on theirs when you niggers brake the law and get shot. Fuck you.

  • Billy

    Bet they won’t be protesting or starting shit over this one. BLM stands for black lazy mother fuckers.

  • pcl

    Is there any example of a crime similar to this, in which white perpetrators have not been charged with hate crimes? No, beating up infiltrators at a rally doesn’t count, though it’s still a crime (the same would apply if rednecks invaded a Clinton or Sanders rally). Is there any case in which white perpetrators set upon a disables black person and shouted racial epithets, in which the perpetrators were not charged under any hate crime laws that existed in that jurisdiction? I’ve not heard of one. If crimes like this, regardless of the races or any race-based excuses offered, don’t count, then just repeal hate crimes laws; they are useless. When they were being debated, opponents of these laws claimed that they would create special classes that had more or fewer rights than anyone else; supporters told these people they were paranoid. When Eric Holder told Congress that he believed hate crime laws were not there to protect whites, he proved these opponents correct. This bait and switch was easy to pull when the mainstream (both parties) were in charge; that’s one of the reasons Trump is the President elect. Once he takes office, if he keeps his promises, this will stop.

  • cstack

    this was bad but it’s not the worst . dylan roof killed 9 people and tomi lahren is saying this is just as bad and that’s why we can never have a decent conversation

    • Billy

      One Dylan Roof doesn’t even compare to what you mother fuckers do every weekend. Stick that finger back in your ass and lose the wig ghetto rat.

  • Sharhonda Blue Streets

    Any blacks or whites engaging in hate crimes should face the consequences.
    The consequnces should however fit the crimes. Coming to this forum to call others niggers, crackers, etc. just further spreads the hate and shows ignorance to this injustice…

  • lowflyer

    There is no more justification for what these shitstains did, than what Dylan Roof did. None of them should ever get out of prison. And it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see Dylan Roof get the Magic Needle of Slow Justice.

    All four seem like typical hood rats, which makes the depths of their evil unfathomable. Dylan Roof comes across as a bonafids psycho lunatic. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be held accountable for his vicious, cowardly actions.

  • Jonathan Bresnihan

    Time to drop the federal HAMMER on them. All racism is despicable but these fools will get NO pass from anybody. NONE. This was not JUST a hate crime but something far worse and I’m glad hate crime charges have ensued. They chose their victim BECAUSE he was white AND disabled and they deserve the full wrath of the public AND the govt. Any attempt to deflect away from the situation by pointing out another wrong is only going to make matters worse and worse. And absolutely ANYBODY can – and have been – racist.

  • Hilter,A

    Go back to Africa