The prosecutor in charge of the case of Christopher Lane, the 22-year-old Australian baseball player who was ruthlessly killed while he was jogging, said Friday that the murder was not racially motivated, as reported by Kristi Eaton of the Associated Press.
District Attorney Jason Hicks said "At this point, the evidence does not support the theory that Christopher Lane was targeted based upon his race or nationality," despite one of the killers, James Edwards' racially charged tweets indicating that he attacked white people ("woods") after the George Zimmerman verdict. He also tweeted, "90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM".
But it wasn't about race.
“The three were arrested, there was nothing to protest, the system worked there. And racial? Not only did the police not say it was racial, one of the three were white.”
It seems that many are quick to say that black-on-white crimes are not racially motivated before the facts of the case are fully explored. Some recent examples:
- The Examiner reported today that Police Chief Frank Straub said that the random and fatal beating of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton was "not racially motivated."
- Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported last month that the fatal beating of Joshua Chellew by four black Americans was "not racially motivated," according to police.
- The Examiner reported this week that the mother of a 21-year-old beating victim at the hands of five Hispanics was told by police that "Hate crimes don't happen to white people." In that case, the attackers did not rob their two young victims, and the men told them that they "did not belong" in the area where they were attacked.
In the case of 44-year-old Mona Nelson there was no mention that the killing of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster may be a hate crime, despite the fact that a motive was never mentioned. In that case, a black woman kidnapped, tortured and killed a little white boy with a blowtorch before dumping his body in a ditch in Houston on Christmas Eve, 2010, as reported by Gather.
If there must be a "hate crime" designation, it must be applied fairly, without regard to race. Justice must be blind to be truly just.