There’s no question about it. The awful attack earlier this month by a Mississippi group of teens on an innocent black man was absolutely, positively a Hate Crime. Watch the video below, and there should be no doubt. Then why on Earth would CNN put a question mark after the title term Hate Crime in their video? I just don’t get it. It’s unequivocally a Hate Crime, which frankly should be spelled out in all caps. I had just written a post about another racist incident in India a few days ago, and I mentioned how that episode didn’t move me to anger because it was rather harmless in the grand scheme of things. This one, however, moves me through intense anger through to deep sadness as I struggle to come to terms
with how this behavior can still exist in this world. As most people do, I like to wax poetic on how information technology is bringing us all together and inspiring us to love one another, but the truth is we have a long way to go when middle-class teenagers are murdering people based on the color of their skin.