Contributed by: AGCM Fred Baillie, USN, Ret.
I watched the news video of the assault preceding a carjacking in Detroit. Twenty-one times the assailant struck the helpless victim in the face with his fist. When the victim collapsed on the pavement, the assailant fled in the man’s car. Several adults stood on the sidewalk, watched the mayhem, and did nothing.
Deonte Edward Bradley, a 22-year-old black man, has been charged with the crime. The victim is Leonard Sims, a frail, 91-year-old, black WW2 veteran.
Bradley cannot be charged with a hate crime, which carries a heavier penalty. But, if Bradley were white he could be. Isn’t this silly? You see, our learned Congress, in all their wisdom, have declared such twaddle. Black on black is not hate. Well, la-di-da!
The correction for this injustice is not to add to the injustice with more definitions of hate, but to eliminate the hate crime category entirely.