Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Last Acceptable Prejudice

. . . The profound racial prejudice once typical of the Deep South is quite nearly unknown in America today, but has been replaced among liberals by a partisan political prejudice, the belief that “racism” (or some other species of “hate”) is the only reason anyone votes Republican. The relevant “community” in this case are the Democrats and their media allies, whose “beliefs and norms” are offended whenever a Republican wins an election. Consider this news item:
Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker told reporters Sunday that he would withhold judgment on the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett after calling the incident “an attempted modern-day lynching” when it was first reported last month.
“I’m gonna withhold until all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources,” the senator from New Jersey said after meeting with voters in Rochester, N.H. “We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise in a serious way, and we actually even know in this country that since 9/11, the majority of the terrorist attacks on our soil have been right-wing terrorist attacks — the majority of them white supremacist attacks.”
Booker cited the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue this past October as well as the June 2015 shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C.
According to the FBI, more hate crimes have been reported in recent years, however (a) this does not mean “bigoted and biased attacks” have actually increased, nor is it correct to conclude that (b) attacks by “right-wing terrorists” or “white supremacists” are a majority of such crimes. Many incidents that might not have been reported as “hate crimes” in previous years are now being reported because of heightened attention to such crimes, and the category “hate crime” includes a lot of different offenses committed by different people for different reasons.

Go look at the actual FBI statistics for 2017, the most recent year available, and you’ll find that 21% of reported hate crimes (1,359) were committed by black people, and 9% (454) were committed by Hispanics. Whatever sort of “hate” motivated these offenders, I doubt their crimes can be described as “right-wing terrorist attacks.” In terms of motive, of the 7,175 hate-crime incidents reported by the FBI for 2017, more than 10% (741) were classified as “anti-white,” 13% (938) were “anti-Jewish.” There were 1,130 hate-crime incidents (16%) motivated by “sexual orientation” (including 32 “anti-heterosexual” hate crimes) and another 165 incidents (2.3%) motivated by gender or “gender identity,” including 22 “anti-male” hate crimes. My point is that not everything counted as a “hate crime” reflects what Senator Booker intends to suggest, i.e., that such crimes are “on the rise” because of President Trump.

What appears to have happened in the Jussie Smollett case is an effort to inflame and exploit prejudice against Trump voters — a vicious and deliberate slander against 62.9 million Americans:
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Read the rest of my column at The American Spectator.
Ace, It's Time for Congress and State Legislatures to Make Hoax Hate Crimes Themselves Hate Crimes, and Felonies to Boot, because that's what they are, attacks based in hate of a group of people, aimed at falsely impugning the motives and reputations of classes of people. And we need to make the punishment of such crimes appropriate to the level of false crime that was alleged.
As Infobee and John Hayward argue -- what is a hoax hate-crime if not an effort to create waves of hatred and possible violence against a race or group?

BTW, Rush Limbaugh read this thread and pointed out, rightly, that we'd be living in a different, more dangerous world if Smollet's plan to get this fake attack on camera worked.

Apparently the camera he thought would film the attack was pointed in the opposite direction.

But if he had gotten this basic fact right, we'd have seen coverage of this staged attack of MAGA-hat wearing white men (wearing gloves and ski-masks to hide their ethnicity) beating up and tying a noose around the neck of a black man.

This would have of course created -- what's that word? -- Backlash against white people, especially those wearing red hats, and put their lives in danger from bad actors seeking racial vengeance.

No one cares about this, huh?

This isn't hypothetical: Crazed leftwing lunatics are now sticking guns into the faces of people for merely wearing MAGA hats and telling them "Today is a good day for you to die."
Hot Air: Reporter Andy Ngo: The List Of Fake Hate Crimes Is Pretty Long (Update). And this list, which is not comprehensive (it misses Covington, for example) is only since Trump's election.

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