pattern has emerged in the mainstream media in dealing with "hate crimes,"
i.e., violent criminal acts motivated by bigotry. The unspoken, unwritten
ethic appears to be: If a white commits a violent crime and the victim
is a minority, that is by definition a "hate crime" and worthy of front-page
headlines, complete with lead stories on the national TV news shows.
On the other hand, if a minority
commits a violent crime and the victim is white, that does not make it
beyond the local media.
That is the inescapable conclusion
of a NewsMax.com survey of events over a period of months.
The most egregious recent example
concerns a crime rampage in Wichita, Kan.
Two young black brothers, Reginald
and Jonathan Carr, have been charged with a quadruple homicide.
The Shreveport Times, one of the
few out-of-state media outlets to give this story any publicity at all,
described the chronology of the crime in which the two men abducted five
white young adults and shot them execution-style, according to the allegations
in police reports.
According to police:
It began on a night in mid-December
when the brothers kicked in the door of a home shared by three young professionals.
Two women were there for an engagement party. While one held the five people
at gunpoint, the other loaded up a van with two TVs, a computer, dishes,
bedding, luggage, credit cards and wallets.
They also found a diamond ring.
"That was for you," Jason Befort
told one of the young women. "I was going to ask you to marry me."
The Carr brothers then forced the
young people to take them to automatic teller machines and withdraw money.
So thatís a sheer case of robbery,
right? Whereís the "hate crime"?
Thereís more. Apparently not at all
satisfied with the heist, the Carrs then drove their victims to a soccer
field and took turns raping the women while the three men were forced to
watch. Then the men were forced to commit homosexual acts on each other.
Then each was forced to have sex with the women while the Carr brothers
drank beer and laughed.
Still nude, all five were ordered to
kneel in front of the carís headlights in the snow. Each was shot in the
back of the head execution-style before the brothers drove off and left
them for dead.
Four of them did indeed die. But
the fifth, Jason Befortís fiancée, feigned death, then got up, bleeding
from head to toe, and walked a mile in subzero weather to the nearest house,
where an elderly couple called 911.
It was later learned that this was
the last stop on a crime rampage wherein the two black men had robbed a
convenience store, kidnapped a man the next day and pistol-whipped him
after forcing him to withdraw money from an ATM before letting him go,
and violently robbed a 55-year-old cellist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra
and shot her in the spine. She died about three weeks later.
The district attorney in Wichita
has concluded none of these crimes was motivated by racial hatred.
That has drawn a howl of protest
from many in the community. Aside from the fact that the victims were of
a different racial group from the perpetrators, they note the following:
1. The extreme sadism and violence
went way beyond what was necessary to successfully complete a robbery.
2. As far as anyone knows, there
was no warrant issued to search the residences of the accused to determine
if they may have been motivated by racial hate literature.
3. There is no record of questioning
close friends, family, neighbors or associates to determine if the two
brothers had at any time expressed anti-white bigotry.
NewMax.com asked the local newspaper,
the Wichita Eagle, to send us the original story of the violence involving
the Carr brothers, which was done. However, when we later asked for any
information as to possible controversy on the "ethnic" or "cultural" angles
to the crime, the newspaper did not respond.
The question is relevant in light
of the coast-to-coast, wall-to-wall, night-after-night coverage of the
outrageous murders of Matthew Shepherd, a gay man in Wyoming, and James
Byrd Jr., a black man in Texas. In both of these cases, law enforcement
authorities went the extra mile to establish that a "hate crime" had been
committed. Why, critics wonder, has there been no publicly acknowledged
similar investigation in the Wichita case?
by the Media
Other examples of a news blackout
of reverse "hate crimes" include:
Arkansas, two homosexuals were charged with sodomizing and killing 13-year-old
Jesse Dirkhising. The boy died from suffocation after being bound, gagged
with underwear in his mouth, blindfolded, taped to the bed, and sodomized
by one gay man while the other gay man watched.
This happened shortly after the Matthew
Shepherd killing. The latter was big national news. For months, the former
did not get beyond the borders of Arkansas. Even after the Washington Times
ran the story, the rest of the national media did not give it significant
Feb. 28, a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Mardi Gras
or "Fat Tuesday" celebrations in that city wherein 72 people were treated
in hospitals, including two with "life-threatening" injuries. The PI story
makes no mention of a racial angle. But one of its accompanying photos
shows at least five black men surrounding a white woman in what appears
to be a threatening manner. Has a "hate crime" investigation begun in this
convicted child molester, Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, was released by Massachusetts
authorities only to be nabbed a few years later in Montana, charged with
butchering a 10-year-old boy in Great Falls and dining on his remains with
unsuspecting friends. Was the nation informed by the national media of
this possible "hate crime"?
of the world is well aware of the New York City police officers charged
with shooting a black man whom they mistook for a wanted rapist. The officers
were ultimately acquitted, but not before a long trial filled with political
Later, when another police officer shot
a minority who was not guilty of a crime, the heat of the New York media
was turned not on the police officer but on Mayor Rudy Guiliani, a perennial
target of racial demagogues such as Al Sharpton. Little, if any, attention
was paid to the police officer in this case. I learned later, in reading
a column, that this particular officer was himself a minority, a Hispanic
Question: Does the uneven "justice"
meted out to the officers in these two cases in and of itself constitute
a "hate crime" of sorts?
1999, a gunman entered a Fort Worth Baptist Church and massacred seven
people, shouting, "I canít believe you believe this junk!"
ABCís Dean Reynolds said the FBI
found "writings that condemned religion and law enforcement." But did the
media that had tried to connect Matthew Shepherdís murder with religious
conservatives now use that same standard to make a connection in this case
with those who castigate religion?
No national media outlet mentioned
this as a "hate crime." Instead, this was an opportunity to beat the drum
for the old left-wing chestnut, "gun control."
June of last year, New York Cityís annual Puerto Rican Day parade was the
scene of violence against more than 50 women.
The Electronic Telegraph reported:
"Reeking of alcohol and marijuana, 15 to 25 men surged through the busy
south-east corner of the [Central] park Ö spraying their victims with water
and beer, tearing off their clothes and sexually abusing them."
Later, National Review would comment
that "the New York Times and liberals in general are bending over backwards
to avoid the simple observation that the young men who harassed and assaulted
women in Central Park were all blacks and Hispanics."
No national TV outcry about "hate
The New York police, in this case,
were accused of not moving aggressively enough to rescue the women and
dealing with the perpetrators. Some believed that with the battering the
police had taken from racial demagogues in the city, police officers did
not relish another political assault accompanying TV videos of the uniformed
police night-sticking minorities. It was as if they were saying, "Next
time you need a cop, call Al Sharpton."
The double standard has extended
beyond "hate crimes."
The Oklahoma City bombing, which
was, in reality, mass murder, resulted in a Clintonian assault on conservative
talk show hosts and the Republican House leadership, notwithstanding the
lack of any connection whatsoever.
But when the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski
was collared in Montana and found with Al Goreís "Earth in the Balance"
heavily underlined, no dots were connected there in any national news stories
or, of course, at the Clinton White House.
Examples are endless. Many thoughtful
Americans are wondering when and if we are going to get back to considering
a violent crime an abominable act regardless of who is the perpetrator
or the victim.
Columnist Paul Craig Roberts says
the assault on white males has been going on for three decades. He compares
it to the assault on Jews by German intellectuals during the half century
before the rise of Hitler.
There are those who note that George
W. Bush drew 27 percent of the black vote when he sought re-election as
governor of Texas in 1998. This is phenomenal for a Republican and perhaps
a sign that the president who says he is "a uniter, not a divider" can
finally bring the country together despite his failure to do as well with
the black vote in his run for president.
His opposition to a Texas "hate crimes"
bill indicates President Bush considers this kind of legislation to be
divisive. Judges and juries have the responsibility of determining, case
by case, when a violent crime merits extra punishment for an especially
Many who have ventured to speculate
on the outlook for the 21st century see a picture that is not pretty. They
see terrorism on the rise on American soil, to say nothing of threats of
nuclear and biological warfare.
It can be argued that at this juncture
of our history, Americans need each other as never before, and that we
can best help each other with a de-emphasis on "tribal prejudice" and an
increasing emphasis on the commonality of our experience as Americans.
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