There are some stories that grab our attention because they have a compelling human interest element to them. There are others that grab our attention because of the circumstances behind them. Then, there are others that appear to be complete dumpster fires.
Recently, I’ve been following a story about Jussie Smollett, an actor on the television show “Empire.” Smollett also happens to be black and gay. Smollett alleges he was attacked physically and verbally early one morning in Chicago for being black and gay. The reason I’m interested in this story is because it keeps changing as new details emerge. Some accounts say he was attacked by two white men wearing Make America Great Again hats who screamed “This is MAGA Country.” Other accounts included a noose and a bottle of bleach. Other accounts have removed the MAGA hats and included ski masks and hoods. I wouldn’t be surprised if there will be an account that it was a pissed off leprechaun riding on a drunk unicorn farting rainbows who attacked Smollett.
As we are sifting through the uncertain facts of this case, one fact has emerged among Leftists: this was a hate crime. The Left’s definition of a hate crime is slipperier than Jello wrestling in oil with a greased pig. (Hey, I only did it the one time and it was because I was drunk, single, and lonely, okay?) Yet, it’s in this imprecise definition that we can find a definition of our own.
What the Left thinks it means – a crime against a marginalized group/groups motivated by hatred of said group/groups
What it really means – an area of criminal activity that isn’t enforced equally and is based on speculation of motive
Remember the movie “Minority Report”? If you do, great. If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. Anyway, the movie’s premise revolves around a concept called pre-crime, which can only be uncovered using psychics/oracles who can see into the future. However, someone figures out how to game the system to hide his pre-crime. Hate crimes revolve around a similar concept, only instead of having psychics look into the future to see a crime, people without psychic powers are adding additional punishment for crimes based on…well, gut instinct, really.
Granted, some hate crimes are easy to figure out. A burning cross in a black family’s front yard is pretty obvious, but others aren’t. A black child getting beaten up by a gang of white thugs yelling racial epithets is a hate crime, but a white child getting beaten up by a gang of black thugs yelling racial epithets isn’t. The crime (assault) is the same. The hate (racism) is the same. But the punishment isn’t. The former is treated like a hate crime, which is should be, but the latter isn’t.
And that’s where things get interesting. And by interesting, I mean stupid.
The Left believes only whites, and white men in particular, can never be victims of hate crimes because they have all the power and privilege. And guess who has been writing and promoting hate crime laws? You guessed it. Leftists. For the record, I would have also accepted monkeys flinging poo because when it comes to hate crime laws, the two aren’t that far apart.
This is my major problem with hate crimes in general. We are supposed to have equal protection under the law regardless of our race and/or gender. To increase the legal penalties for a crime based on a lopsided interpretation of society runs counter to that notion. And it’s not like drunk driving punishments because we can measure a person’s blood alcohol level at the time of an accident. We can’t delve into a person’s heart and mind at the point of a crime with any degree of accuracy.
Granted, there are white males who are hateful scumbags, like Tom Arnold. But that fact shouldn’t overshadow the rule of law just because of the race of the perpetrator or the victim, especially when the crimes are handled and punished differently on those same bases. If that isn’t a clear violation of the 14th Amendment, I’m not sure what is.
The problem is hate crimes laws are hard to fight because of the emotional element of the crimes themselves. We hate to see people hurt for something they cannot control, and we don’t want to be seen as bigots by voicing legitimate concerns, so most people either stay quiet or support hate crime laws. This gives the Left all the power they need to continue pushing these types of laws.
That’s why it’s important to fight back. The only way the Left gets away with passing these types of laws for certain types of crimes is by relying on people to be silenced by the prospect of being seen as a bigot. That requires you to be afraid. If you don’t give in to that fear, the power goes away. Apathy is the greatest weapon against the Left you can muster.
There’s another problem the Left hasn’t figured out how to combat: fake hate crimes. I know it may shock you, but there are some dishonest people who lie about being victims of hate crimes for various reasons. And just like with false claims of sexual assault, false claims of hate crimes damage the real claims because it makes them easier to dismiss. And guess what’s been occurring more and more in recent years? That’s right: Tyler Perry movies. Oh, and fake hate crimes. And just like with false allegations of sexual assault, Leftists want us to ignore the bad actors and believe everyone, while excusing those who are guilty. Remember Mattress Girl? Leftists still defend her in spite of the lies she spewed.
Is Jussie Smollett guilty of fabricating his attack? I don’t know, but I do know there are a few facts that make me question what happened, and the facts that have changed since the news of the attack first hit lead me to believe it’s a false hate crime. Until there is a definite resolution, though, I will withhold judgment. If he did make it up, anyone who suggests it was a hate crime had better be ready to not just apologize and eat a murder of crow, but demand Smollett pay the price for his deeds.
Who am I kidding? They’ll excuse him like they excused Mattress Girl.