Hate crimes are a national problem

The security camera footage broadcast by CNN shows a grisly scene: a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, being fatally run over by a pickup truck after he was viciously beaten in a motel parking lot on a Sunday morning in June. Prosecutors say a group of white teens chose the man at random. They say the alleged ringleader, an 18-year-old now charged with murder, laughed about it afterward and boasted in a phone conversation about how he "ran that n----- over." Full Story »

Posted by Eddie Louis Harris
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Subjects: World, U.S., Community
Topics: Racism, Race, Crime
Member Tags: hate crimes
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Posted by: Posted by Eddie Louis Harris - Aug 19, 2011 - 2:31 AM PDT
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Aug 19, 2011 - 2:16 PM PDT

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Walter Cox
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by Walter Cox - Aug. 19, 2011

There is a serious problem with this story. It describes real events, however it provides no context; specifically, its perspective seems to be rooted in the past. As any perusal of contemporary crime statistics will show, there is no epidemic of attacks perpetrated by whites against blacks and latinos; yet this opinion piece implies that there is. In fact, the statistics overwhelmingly show an opposite problem; blacks in particular, and latinos to a lesser extent, perpetrate violent crimes against whites much more often that the reverse. Hate crimes are indeed a "national problem," and hate crimes are perpetrated by whites against blacks and latinos. However "hate crimes" perpetrated by blacks and latinos against whites ... More »

Although I don't like to quote him because I disagree with him on many counts, Pat Buchanan recently wrote a column where he cited the following statistics: "...Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white person than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery. Black-on-white rape is 115 times more common than the reverse... In the vast majority of interracial attacks, whites are the victims, not the victimizers." I have ... More »

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Eddie Louis Harris
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by Eddie Louis Harris - Aug. 19, 2011

Despite the promise of the Obama presidency, it's time to realize we're not living in a "post-racial" society. It's time to speak out against bigotry and to call out those in public life who encourage hate and violence with their words. And it's time to invest in the future of our nation and its youth -- to provide hope and opportunity to the next generation. Our future depends on it.

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