True, blacks and Native Americans are both more likely than whites (including most Hispanics, who are not reported on separately) are to commit hate crimes, but that is driven by institutional oppression and the passive-aggressive ethos of intractable white privilege. Indeed, the blacks and Native Americans who commit these 'crimes' are reacting in the only way they are able. The system affords them no other. Thus, they, and not their supposed victims, are the actual victims of hate!
The repository of this white hate, of course, is in those places of the country where oppressive 'traditional' values are most feverishly embraced. These cultural mores are euphemized ('chivarly', which is sexism; 'merit', which is racism and other isms; 'marriage', which is homophobia; 'rule of law', which is xenophobia; and so forth). In an attempt to legitimize this hateful system, the term 'conservatism' is often used to broadly describe it!
Well, skyrocketing hate crimes reveal just what this conservatism is really all about! The most tolerant states, determined by the number of hate crime incidents per 100,000 people (adjusted for the total population covered by the agencies participating in the FBI tracking program), colored according to how they voted in the 2004 Presidential election:
|Rank||State||HCs per 100,000|
|49.||District of Columbia||9.80|
Er, uh, well, evidence the horrors the courageous Brokeback Mountain wrought on South Dakota's gay community! Those troglodytes refused to let their home state be portrayed as a modern-day Gomorrah! Oh, the movie took place in Wyoming? I see. But isn't that closet Senator from somewhere around there...?
Okay, I've probably overdone the mockery by now.
Parenthetically, the rates are based on the number of crimes that are reported, not just on cases that are solved. So the objection that law enforcement agencies in surprisingly 'tolerant' states don't seriously mobilize in their efforts to get to the bottom of reported hate crimes, whatever its veracity, is immaterial to the rankings.
Over half of South Dakota's reports come from Rapid City, the population of which is more than 10% Native American (the data on offenders are not broken down at the state level, but Native Americans commit a disproportionate number of hate crimes). Hawaii does not participate in the FBI tracking program.
The point is to illustrate the absurdity of the 'hate crime' designation, which is subjectively tagged to any of the 15+ classifications of crime as you and I understand criminality. It says nothing about the severity of the crimes, nor does it provide any meaningful insight into crime trends across the country (incidents designated under the "hate" heading comprise less than .07% of the total number of crimes, or less than 1 in 1,500).
Instead, it gives race hustlers and morally posturing white elites, along with media sympathizers, opportunities to rail against the white bourgeoise for a fabricated collective offence. While a closer look at the hate crime numbers still doesn't indict whites as these forces would like it to, that closer look is rarely taken. And in any case it helps obscure meaningful statistics on crime, the knowledge with which the nation at large surely cannot be trusted!