Thursday, October 29, 2009

Would you call this a hate crime?

"Richmond, California (CNN) -- Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night.

Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco."

I only ask if it's a hate crime, because we know unless she's a lesbian, it won't be called that. Singling out some forms of evil as "hate" because the victims are members of a specific, protected group is just dumb and intended to increase tensions between groups. I don't know if the victim was black, white or Hispanic (the two female friends of the victim who spoke at a news conference about it were white), but we know if she were an African American and the attackers white, it would be called a hate crime. I think the "boys" are all Hispanic and black (some have been identified and charged as adults; photos showed relatives).

Update: "As horrendous as the allegations against the young men are, there is an even greater shock in revelation that the multiple raping took place outside, in an open area, with at least a dozen onlookers and an untold number of people passing by. Because the gang rape of the 15-year-old girl outside Richmond High School wasn't just the fevered sexual attacks of young men, it was a time-consuming two-and-a-half-hour ordeal where they beat, brutalized, raped, and even robbed the victim. And not one among them bothered to call the police or inform someone in authority.

Not one.

But they did find time to go in and out of the homecoming dance, according to Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, taking place at the time and inform others, who came out and watched and/or participated as well. It was not until after the incident ended, when someone overheard others talking about it, that a phone call was made to Richmond Police that something had occurred." AC Content


Three Score and Ten or more said...

I think the very term "hate crime" is a stupid "politically correct' term. A crime, especially one of this magnitude is a crime. In this case I can't write in public what I think would be an appropriate punishment.

Norma said...

I think I can guess. It seems the attackers and watchers were about evenly divided, and I'd say they are all equally guilty. Two accounts used the word "people" so that might be a clue that some who watched were female.

Anonymous said...

If members of this gang are convicted, they'll get what they gave in prison, where there are many more rapes than on the outside, all male on male. Maybe mothers ought to be teaching their boy children that.

home staging Toronto said...

This is the exact case to prove the stupidity of the hate crime laws. Absolutely ineffective with a possibility to increase the tension between groups. So if there was a need to enact such laws because the criminal justice seems to be inefficient, maybe there should be some general criminal amendment instead of this law exempting the particular minorities in order to create special victim groups and causing a positive discrimination. Ella