If a group of white people kidnap and torture you while calling you the n-word for several days, don’t expect the federal government to get involved and apply federal hate crime charges against them if you happen to know any of the Klan-inspired gang members personally.
The Justice Department has just announced that six men accused of sexually assaulting and torturing a young black woman for up to a week in Big Creek, West Virginia will not face federal hate crime charges due to evidence that undercuts the hate crime law.
The federal hate crime law dictates that crimes must be motivated by racial hatred and not by non-race-related conflicts.
She was also beaten and sexually assaulted during a span of about a week, according to the complaints.
It wasn’t until an anonymous tip led Logan County Sheriff’s deputies to the property on Saturday that her ordeal ended. She limped toward the deputies, her arms outstretched as she cried, “Help me!”
This obviously sounds like nothing more than the settling of a personal vendetta that isn’t the least bit motivated by any form of prejudice. Subjecting her to sub-human conditions that racists believe black people deserve, along with hurling racial epithets at her while doing so is just a coincidence.
But she knew one of them, so it’s not a hate crime. I get the Justice Department’s rationale, but come on.
Never fear, though:
Now all we have to do is leave the fate of the six non-hate crime committing racists to a jury of their peers. I’m sure we can depend on West Virginia for justice.