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Hate Crime Laws Intensify “Class Warfare” and should Be Abolished

“Class Warfare ” is an evil and devious political tool used increasingly by the radical left in recent decades to create division in America to advance the Marxist Agenda.   The radical left, emboldened by the divisive and totalitarian rule pursued by our ruthless ” President “, Barack Obama, has succeeded in getting numerous ” hate crime ” laws enacted which serve to only intensify the bitter class warfare along racial, ethnic, religious and economic lines.   Mr. Obama and his political allies seek to transform the United States of America into the ” Disintegrating States of America “, and the relatively new concept of ” hate crimes ” accelerates this disintegration by creating wholly new ” victim classes ” allegedly entitled to  ” special rights ” and  ” special protections “.

If we still adhere to the Constitutional principles of ” equal protection under the law, ” as well as in ” liberty and justice for all “, then America has no place for ” hate crime ” laws that produce special rights and privileges for specific subcultures or specific classes of Americans.   Hate crime laws are intensifying class warfare and creating an “entitled ” mentality for specific minority groups, as a new tactic of “reverse discrimination “.  For these reasons and others, “hate crime laws ” must be abolished.

The notorious murders in 1998 of James Byrd in Texas, who was African-American and of Matthew Shepherd in Wyoming, who was homosexual, received national attention in the media and rightfully so, as heinous crimes.   However, both also received a higher level of media attention because both were labeled as “hate crimes”; Byrd, due to his race and Shepherd because of his homosexuality. Clearly in my view and assuredly in the minds of millions of Americans, the perpetrators of these vicious murders deserved the death penalty.   However, we ought not imply that these murders were more heinous because the victims happened to be black, as with Mr. Byrd, or homosexual, as in the case of Mr. Shepherd.   If whites murdered James Byrd because of hatred toward blacks, as appears to be true, and if Matthew Shepherd was murdered out of hatred of homosexuals, (which apparently is still in dispute), the murderers deserve the death penalty.   Period. We have no cause to elevate neither race nor homosexuality to some higher, privileged status via hate crime laws, thus serving to imply that murdering a white person or a heterosexual person, for an entirely different motive other than hate, is somehow less notorious.

Hate CrimeAs those who work in our criminal justice system know, and most Americans know, murders and a host of other crimes are committed for a long list of differing motives.   Peace officers, detectives and prosecutors always investigate crime by seeking the tripartite evidence of means, opportunity and motive against the suspects to prove guilt.   Despite acknowledging possible motivations including greed, jealously, revenge, envy, anger, power et. al. as well as ” hate “, the latter of a long list of criminal motives – hate – alone, has been legislated as a ” special class ” of crime.   The political left, always looking for new underclasses to create for political gain, uses hate crime laws to create new ” victim ” classes for whom the Marxists and leftists can champion as deserving of ” special rights and privileges ” to which the vast majority of Americans are denied because they are ” white, heterosexual or Christian.

The class warfare and obvious inequities such unjust laws create has led to other bitter divisions, hatred and violent consequences. If the victim of a crime happens to be black or Muslim and the perpetrator white, the media and left-wing activists immediately label it a “racist or Islamophobic hate crime”. If the victim happens to be homosexual, there is a “bandwagon” effect in which activists and media call it a “homophobic” hate crime. Not only is it a travesty to elevate ethnic or religious minorities or homosexuals to “protected, celebrated special classes of victims”, but a greater miscarriage of justice occurs when said justice becomes a “one-way street”.

This week in Ohio, it is alleged that a black homosexual man murdered two heterosexual whites; this week, in Texas, a black man allegedly murdered a white peace officer.   Does the Obama administration consider these murders ” hate crimes “?   Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton?   Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Obama had plenty to say in ” outrage ” recently in Baltimore and in Ferguson, Missouri.   The current silence of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama after these black-on white and gay/black-on white murders is at once ominous callous, and racist.   The only response from Obama  to the murders of two journalists in Ohio and of a Deputy Sheriff in Texas, was to vilify our Second Amendment rights and make his statist pitch for more gun control legislation.

All victims of murder or any crime deserve equal justice, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic, or any other status.   Furthermore, justice must be swift and sure, with penalties clearly designed to punish, deter and, if possible, rehabilitate.   However, any singular motive for crime such as hate, creates privileged classes of victims with special rights, thus denying equal justice to other crime victims who were harmed for other motives.   It is unreasonable, unconstitutional and immoral, to prosecute crime more stridently and harshly when the motive happens to be “hate”, because all crime victims deserve equality of justice.

Abolishment of ” hate crime ” political epithet-and simply calling it ” crime “, will be a giant step forward toward reducing class warfare and advancing the noble quest by Constitutional conservatives to reunify a severely divided America.  Let us put an end to special rights and special privileges to special interests, such as the ” gay lobby”, the ” Council for Islamic American Relations “, or the ” Southern Poverty Law Center “. We need to pledge allegiance to “Liberty and Justice for All”, irrespective of person or class, in the United States of America.

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About the author

Dale Summitt

Dale Summitt, a passionate writer, public speaker and consultant on public policy, Christian advocacy, education and other issues, is Owner & C.E.O. of Trailblazing America, guardian of America's Christian Faith, Constitution and Bill of Rights, by trailblazing new pathways to Liberty, Justice and Virtue. A veteran career educator and a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian, he is a veteran of the Constitutional Conservative side of the " Culture Wars ", during his long and successful career in teaching and educational leadership in both public and private schools. Battling to preserve morality and high academic standards, Mr. Summitt devoted many years to confronting the dark forces of the radical left who seek to indoctrinate students with liberal and immoral doctrines and threatening to destroy our nation from within.

Mr. Summitt is a " true believer " in the Constitutional principles of limited self-government and the preservation of liberty and freedom enshrined in our Bill of Rights, as well as a firm adherent to a Christian worldview. Believing as a Christian educator and writer that education and intellect is wasted on anyone lacking moral character, he is determined to use his writing abilities to help restore the greatness and Exceptionalism of America and preserve the Judeo-Christian culture that has existed since our nation's founding.

Mr. Summitt resides in a rural area of the beautiful Hill Country of Central Texas with his loving wife and family. He is constructing a new website and will soon be back online at www.trailblazingamerica.com.

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