05 August 2006

Typical Hate Crime Victim: poor, white, urban

When Ryan Rusch, a white 14 year old with medical disabilities, was jumped, beaten, and robbed by three black teens, it was initiately going to be a hate crime. The teen assailants picked him out because they said he was a "goofy looking white boy" and thus, would be an easy target.

However, 'political pressures' resulted in the hate crime component of the charges being dropped. I guess you can't charge blacks with hate crimes unless you find a tattoo or a manifesto in the backpack which states, "I hate white people."

I saw this article posted over at World Net Daily:

WASHINGTON – The most likely victim of a hate crime in the U.S. is a poor, young, white, single urban dweller, according to an analysis of Justice Department statistics collected from between July 2000 and December 2003.

A November report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics detailing a study of 210,000 "hate crimes" a year during that period has gone virtually unreported by the U.S. press.
But it does contain some surprising numbers. While race is, by far, the No. 1 factor cited as the reason for hate crimes, blacks are slightly less likely to be victims and far more likely to be perpetrators, the statistics show.

While nine in 10,000 whites and nine in 10,000 Hispanics are victimized by hate crimes, only seven in 10,000 blacks are targets, according to the report.

In fact, those between the ages of 17 and 20 were far more likely to be victims than in any other age group – with 16 incidents per 10,000 people. Those never married, with 16 incidents per 10,000, or separated or divorced, with 26 incidents per 10,000, were also much more likely to be victims of hate crimes. Those with incomes less than $25,000 faced worse odds of victimization, 13 per 10,000, as well as those in urban areas, also 13 per 10,000.

The report says 38 percent of all those reporting hate crimes said the attacker was black, and in 90 percent of those cases, the victim believed the offender's motive was racial. In incidents involving white attackers, only 30 percent attribute the hate crime to race, while 20 percent attributed it to ethnicity.

The report says 40 percent of white hate crime victims were attacked by blacks, adding, "The small number of black hate crime victims precludes analysis of the race of persons who victimized them."
The report by the Justice Department is the one most often cited by hate-crime experts as depicting the true national story. It shows the number of incidents is more than 15 times higher than FBI statistics alone reflect.

Now to be fair, I haven't examined the data. Have you ever tried to troll through the numbers, charts and figures on a DOJ document? It is a daunting project. But most police officers can tell you that this interpretation of the DOJ numbers is accurate.

It makes me wonder why blacks aren't charged with hate crimes more often? Too much political heat for the state's attorney? Maybe. I would say that it is just another symptom of the horrendous disease that we now have this is called political correctness.


Anonymous said...

Staistics aside,A hate crime is a henious act no matter what race the victim or perpetrator may be.The statisticts you present are surprising nonetheless.I wonder if their are any sociological studies to explain this trend.

Sabian said...

The politicians need the "minority" vote because they are becoming the "majority" and they want to keep their nice spot. If they do the right thing they will have Jesse, Meeks, Luis, or someone else boycotting them wherever they land in the private sector. Don't ever expect a minority to get charged with a hate crime in Crook County........or a lot of other collar counties. It's just not gonna happen.

Rue St. Michel said...

12:41 -
I have no tolerance for any crime - anytime someone is victimized, whether the victim is black, white or asian, it is unacceptable.
My problem with hate crime laws is that it disproportionately gives credence to one side and doesn't get equally applied to the other. They're ineffectual and unfairly prosecuted. Hate crime laws are a joke and are only there because special interest groups want to continue to use their ethnicity as a crutch (excuse) to maintain their victim status.

Anonymous said...

Twice I tried to get a hate crime approved and basically was told the white victim shouldv'e known not to be where they were. One was a dumbass that went to buy dope (was robbed and severely beaten), caught the offender (who was wearing the vic's jersey). The other was a carnie (sp) from down south, who happened to walk a few blocks to a bbq joint after the carnival closed at midnight (was robbed and beat). When vic. described off., knew who he was, picked him up, very soon after, he was positively id'd. Both times, simple battery and theft. Didn't bother with trying for an override, and to this day I am kicking myself.