Why Hate Crime Laws Are Necessary

Pamela Colloff, in The Texas Monthly, reports that “On a Saturday night three years ago, a mentally disabled black man from Linden [Texas] was taken to a party filled with white kids half his age. A few hours later, he was dumped by the side of the road, bleeding and unconscious. But of all the crimes that were committed, none was worse than how the small East Texas town responded—and who were considered the victims.”

Due to half-hearted prosecutions and pervasive bigotry the justice system failed, as the perpetrators were convicted of only minor offenses. In the face of the injustice, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center (one of the world’s true heroes, I think) has filed a “wrongful-injury lawsuit” against the perpetrators.

It is a sad and outrageous story.

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Filed under Bigotry, Hate Crime, Ignorance, Linden Texas

One response to “Why Hate Crime Laws Are Necessary

  1. Pingback: Perpetrators of Hate Crime Made to Pay Dearly « Ruminations of an Expatriate

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