The recent wanton, random slaughters of Christopher Lane, the Australian student in Duncan Oklahoma, and 88 year old WWII veteran Delbert Belton in Spokane, Washington, two white victims killed by Black perpetrators, have again raised the cry of "hate crimes", just as the same issue was incorrectly raised in the death of Trayvon Martin, which was a pure case of self defense. But it is just as wrong now to raise the issue of "hate crimes" as it was then.
The government should never have been permitted to pass any law that enhances penalties for crimes by classifying them as "hate crimes", or by the categorization of classes of victims. This is a fairly recent event in our legal system, and is contrary to the rule of law which assumes equality under the law. I call these types of laws "thought crime laws", not hate crimes, because what is actually happening is that the government is attempting to penetrate into our minds and thought processes to determine that the perpetrator 's intention was to harm a member of whatever protected class happens to be the flavor of the day in the popular mind, be it seniors, the disabled, children, gays, blacks, women, transsexuals, transgenders, the police (punch your neighbor, its a misdemeanor, punch a cop, it's a felony), veterans, etc.
It is never a good idea to give the government the authority to try to read minds, a job that in the past has been left to God. Apparently, as a white non-cop male 63 years of age, I am in the last remaining non-protected class, and I feel victimized by this (lol), especially since I am of Greek descent, and aren't we somebody too? But soon I will fall into the senior category under Ohio law (65 for special enhancement of penalties for anyone who is convicted of harming me).
What nonsense. These laws have never stopped even one crime. A murder is a murder, i.e. the purposeful or intentional causing the death of another, and killing one of the special "protected classes" does not change this. Prosecutors have always been free to discuss motive in the sentencing phase of a trial, and judges should always able to use their discretion to increase or decrease a sentence, within the sentencing range set by the legislature, based on the facts and circumstances.
All intentional violent crimes are "hate crimes", and proven perpetrators of all shapes, sizes and colors should be punished according to one law. Either we are all equal under the law, or we are not.
But the utter lack of morality, discipline and standards in many young people in our country today and demonstrated by the recent senseless killings is the direct result of the destruction of the nuclear family, which has in turn resulted from government programs and dependency over several generations.
People must come to understand that the government is not God, and when the government tries to play God, as when it tries to read minds for political purposes, or tries to be the big nanny, it is destructive. No amount of criminal prosecutions, executions, and incarcerations is going to slow down this trend of wanton violence and degeneracy among young people; only the return to morality and respect will do this, which requires a belief in God and the fact that there is right and wrong, and if you do wrong and do not repent, your going to have a big problem down the road from the ultimate judge. To get back to this standard will take much time and much anguish, and a return to small government and liberty.