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The same double standard applies to so called hate crimes. Immediately after assuming office, President Obama promoted a massive expansion in hate crimes enforcement.
While the legislation was being debated Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked about both hypothetical instances where whites, Christians, or military members would be assaulted and if such would qualify as hate crimes. Attorney General Holder responded that hate crimes legislation “would not necessarily cover that” and was designed to cover “protected groups.” He explained this meant “people who are African-American, Hispanic, people who are Jewish, people who are gay people” and “have been targeted over — over the many years.” In other words: not whites and Christians.
While African Americans have been targeted for violence in the past, today it is whites who are more likely to be victims of interracial crime.
According to the FBI’s latest National Crime Victimization Survey, Blacks were over 50 times more likely to commit a crime against whites than vice versa. There were over 14,000 black on white rapes and the number of white on black rapes was so small, it did not show up on FBI’s statistical samples. That same year, the FBI did not report a single anti-black rape hate crime.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe we should treat criminals the same no matter their race, the race of their victims, or why they committed their crimes. But the truth is that President Obama appears to be more concerned about stopping virtually non-existent “hate crimes” against “protected groups” than stopping actual committed crimes.
These are just a few examples of the actions by the Obama administration that provide cause for concern expressed by Congressman King and others.
In the past, African Americans were greatly mistreated in this country. But we should not respond to these past injustices by giving special privileges and treatment to a particular race or ethnic groups. Rather, we should treat everyone equally regardless of race.
Virgil Goode represented Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District from 1997 through 2009.
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