March 26, 2012

Why no police investigation of a racial hate crime?

Now that the Trayvon Martin case has raised awareness of racial bias and hate crimes on the streets of America, it's time to look into other cases that were ignored by the cops. 

For example, on May 14, 2011, Matthew Yglesias, now of Slate and a prominent advocate of urban ambulation, was walking home from dinner with pundits Megan McArdle of The Atlantic and Peter Suderman of Reason. In a neighborhood about a mile north of the U.S. Capitol building, he was assaulted from behind by two black males who knocked him to the ground and kicked him when he was down, then ran off without trying to steal anything. Several months later, he confirmed on his blog that the attackers were black.

That evening Yglesias blogged about the attack, blaming it on a lack of population density. This wonkish concept was taken up and discussed seriously in the blogosphere for a couple of days, with only the ruder corners suggesting that the real issue here was that Yglesias appears to have been the victim of an unprovoked racial hate crime of the Polar Bear Hunting or Knockout King ilk, having been picked out solely because he was white and alone.

Since our awareness of the need for good police investigation of racially-charged violence has been raised, isn't it about time for a police report to be made public on the apparent racial hate crime committed against Yglesias?

Or, am I being naive and missing the point that blacks attacking a white for no reasons other than animus and intimidation aren't really a racial crime when viewed through the proper lens of "Who? Whom?"

26 comments:

helene edwards said...

The assault vector went the other way. It was hurtful to the black guys for those three to be conspicuously flashing their IQ's like that. When you're around the underserved, you have to read the room.

Anonymous said...

"That evening Yglesias blogged about the attack, blaming it on a lack of population density."

That was pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

I think you know the answer to your question.

IMO, the Trayvon Martin case is a watershed event in clearly demonstrated the utter moral bankruptcy of the MSM to many that hadn't perceived it before.

I was discussing this w/a (jewish) friend today - my decision is that going forward, any allegations of white institutional racism and all that yack, is simply "blood libel" against "white people" (whatever that means).

That is going to be my policy, hope it is for others as well. No other way to deal with this claptrap.

Harry Baldwin said...

Did Yglesias file a police report? Would he be likely to press charges? Perhaps he was okay with the whole thing, figuring he had expiated some bad karma.

Anonymous said...

By the way, Drudge is featuring Zimmerman's side of the story. And he gave a lot of space to flash mobs news in the past. The rumor is that Drudge is gay. I don't know how conscious this is for him, but it could be a part of the blacks vs. gays thing.

Mercer said...

I think it more like a dog bites man or the sun rises in the east type of story.

I think Yglesias's writings on race and immigration are typical liberal mush. His Rent book, which I just finished, is easily the best piece of writing I have read on housing from a liberal. Someone who writes about the importance of affordable housing should support his arguments for less regulation of housing in the big metro areas.

Anonymous said...

According to the Department of Justice, in 2005 (last year on the chart at the website that will follow) in 2005 there were 378 Black on White homicides and 95 White on Black homicides (http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/tables/ovrelracetab.cfm) So, when we get away from the anecdotal, there is a hell of a lot more Black on White violent crime than the other way around. Of course, the statistics don't tell if the motivation of any of the crimes was racial.

Anonymous said...

"I think it more like a dog bites man"

For you perhaps. But young people who get their information from movies/John Stewart etc. genuinely believe blacks are the main victims and whites the main aggressors.

Similarly I have met many among the the academic left who do not even think blacks have a higher crime rate than whites (they are just framed by the racist system)

In my view Steve should have picked a different example (perhaps in addition), since MY did not get killed.

Here is a recent one.

http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=16252

Luke Lea said...

I presume you will write more about the Zimmerman case. Here is a link to the unredacted 911 call:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/321817

Also what are reputed to be more up-to-date photos of the two are on the internet:

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504083_162-10011681-18.html?tag=page;next

http://suxorz.com/i5/1332569412.jpg

http://www.politicalforum.com/current-events/240369-facts-trayvon-martin-investigation-part-2-a.html

Though personally I could make out nothing from an under-the-breath muttering, the Urban dictionary for goon is here:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=goon

ATBOTL said...

It get's worse than that. I read about cases over the years where black attackers have used racial slurs or even confessed to police that the victim was targeted for being white and yet no hate crime charges were brought.

Grumpy Old Man said...

I mentioned this in a prior comment. Horrific in every way--85-year-old woman raped and killed, her husband beaten.

Dog bites man, of course. Move along, now.

swimming swan said...

Beating a dead horse?

Grumpy Old Man said...

Even the MSM are having second thoughts, but too late--the Sharptonian panther is out of the proverbial sack.

CJ said...

Anonymous who referenced the DOJ murder stats ... are you aware that those stats count Hispanics as white when they are the perpetrators of a crime? IOW, if the Latin Kings shoot it out with the Crips and one of the Crips is killed, that counts as a white-on-black homicide. Yes, really.

Anonymous said...

It's worse than 'who whom'. For at least the last twenty years or so, race relations in America have been based on the ultimate shakedown. Give us what we want, or we will pull people from their cars at intersections and beat their heads with rocks.

It really sometimes looks more complicated than that. But it isn't really. It always comes back to that same thing.

Whiskey said...

Forget Yglesias. There is the case of Michael Brewer, then 15 doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire by five Black "youths." Brewer is of course, White. Brewer nearly died, has failing kidneys and heart, has burns over 75% of his body, recent pictures show him hideously scarred.

No hate crime charges were filed.

Then there is the case of the 13 year old boy set on fire by another two Black youths in Kansas City, link here.

Now, according to Eric Holder (and he should know, being the first Black AG), by definition Blacks cannot commit Hate Crimes. Only be victims of them, never perpetrators. That is in fact, the law.

Whiskey said...

Anon at 5:14 has it right, race is a shakedown. That's coming to an end.

Look at Bob and Nancy Strait. A Black man age 20, Tyrone Woodfork, was charged with the rape/beating murder of Nancy Strait, age 86, and the beating into a coma (not expected to survive) of Bob Strait, age 90. Bob Strait had been married to Nancy for 65 years, was a Battle of the Bulge veteran as a member of the 101st Airborne.

When Black thugs kill a member of the 101st Airborne WWII Bulge heroes, effectively, and rape/murder his 86 year old wife, it gets splashed over the Daily Mail US home page. Which features true crime stuff all the time. Sometimes White criminals (because they do exist, and their readers like reading about them), but mostly Black ones which the Daily Mail does not suppress like the US media. It has made them the #1 newspaper site in the world. Past the NYT.

Since underwater mortgages, high gas prices, declining wages, and only goldplated credit for new mortgages prevent White flight, White fight is inevitable. It won't be a thug-street fight, but a ballot fight.

Ray Lewis is appearing with Patrick Ewing to lecture White people on violence. You can't make this up.

Anonymous said...

In the golden age of legal education (OW Holmes to the Paper Chase), our law school professors used to say, there were always a few great teachers who boasted that they could teach the whole of the Law out of one single case.

You could probably teach the whole of HBD and Sailerism out of this one incident and all its permutations. Starting from the visit to Chez McSuderman (Megan is a high IQ woman who married at age 38 and is now taking an extended leave of absence from her blog--it is rumored because she is undergoing lengthy and expensive fertility treatments), continuing during that stroll down North Capitol Street (issues of gentrification, SWPLs convinced they are safe due to bien pensant opinions), and so on.

Charlie said...

Didn't Tom Wolfe write this book 25 years ago?

Anonymous said...

According to the Department of Justice, in 2005 (last year on the chart at the website that will follow) in 2005 there were 378 "Black on White homicides and 95 White on Black homicides (http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/tables/ovrelracetab.cfm) So, when we get away from the anecdotal, there is a hell of a lot more Black on White violent crime than the other way around. Of course, the statistics don't tell if the motivation of any of the crimes was racial."

There's category for hate crimes --look under FBI.

Anonymous said...

"It get's worse than that. I read about cases over the years where black attackers have used racial slurs or even confessed to police that the victim was targeted for being white and yet no hate crime charges were brought."

This is true. It is harder for prosecutors to get a conviction for a black on non-black hate crime than to just prosecute for the crime iteself.

RKU said...

Shame! Shame! Are you trying to get poor Yglesias fired? I'm sure Slate would immediately terminate him if they discovered he'd been involved in a violent racial assault...

TGGP said...

By Yglesias' own account it sounds like he wasn't that badly hurt, so no surprise it didn't get much attention. Although if it had been Matthew Yglesias who randomly attacked somebody on the street, it would.

Anonymous said...

Look.
Yglesias probably spends more money feeding his dog than the young blacks who attacked him get by on in a week.
Yglesias advocates the hardline neo-liberal 'let them eat cake' globalist,open borders, 'free trade' policies that have entrenched these inequalities.
The blacks that attacked Yglesias are fully aware of this fact and it was the resentment engendered by the inequality that was the animus behind the attack.
From their point of view priveleged whites such as Yglesias have evrything and they have nothing.

ATBOTL said...

Don't forget this ongoing case:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/witness-slain-uk-tourists-begged-life-16006351#.T3FrUBES01I

Witness: Slain U.K. Tourists Begged for Their Life

A friend of the Florida teen accused of killing two British tourists in 2011 said on Monday that the teen shot the men even though they pleaded for their lives, claiming to be lost...

..."Who are those crackers walking past the park" — referring to the two British tourists...

Anonymous said...

in 2005 there were 378 Black on White homicides and 95 White on Black homicides ....there is a hell of a lot more Black on White violent crime than the other way around. Of course, the statistics don't tell if the motivation of any of the crimes was racial.

They also don't indicate whether they are justified as in self defense, etc. If I shoot a robber, or if a policeman kills an armed suspect in self defense, it is still homicide for the purpose of stating cause of death.

So, the justifiable homicides are in there, too, correct?