Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guest Voz - Maegan 'La Mamita Mala': Hate Crime Act Passes in the House

Guest Voz - Maegan 'La Mamita Mala': Hate Crime Act Passes in the House
On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 2467), including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which extends the definition of violent hate crimes to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

From Rep. Barney Frank:
The Hate Crimes provision in the legislation passed today will allow the federal government to assist local and state law enforcement authorities, which prosecute the overwhelming majority of Hate Crimes cases. It permits the federal government to share resources and enforcement tools. It also authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to make grants to state and local law enforcement authorities which have incurred especially high expenses in connection with the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.
In some ways this is good news. However I am always wary of looking at enforcement legislation as a solution. Will this mean, for example that hate crimes will be more vigorously investigated and prosecuted on the state and local level? Does this mean that there will be one actual standard for what constitutes a hate crime? Looking at Suffolk County, NY, where Marcelo Lucero was killed, it was just this week that the Federal Department of Justice announced that they would officially investigate the Suffolk County police department for “discriminatory policing” against Latinos, meaning ignoring a pattern and practice of hate crimes while creating their own pattern and practice of giving a green light to these acts. Will the new hate crimes law, which is expected to pass in the Senate and be signed by President Obama, be enough to force local law enforcement to act or will they be too busy looking at other enforcement programs like 287(g) which target immigrant communities and lead to racial profiling no even care? Wouldn’t it be more effective for the Federal and local government to create some consistency. After all, can you protect with one hand what you are trying to destroy with the other?


Proletariat Defender said...

Dee said:
"After all, can you protect with one hand what you are trying to destroy with the other?"

You mean, like this "God" spoken of in the Judaism-based religions?

But I digress.

I have issues with "hate-crime" legislation. Simply because it implies that these people are somehow different and need 'special' protection.

This would be a false assumption.

99% of the crimes covered by hate crime legislation are already covered by law anyway, ie. murder, assault, rape, screaming, etc.

All these bills try to do is make bad behavior extra-double-illegal bad behavior.

These are fell-good laws that will never really be enforced for one simple reason: there are more immediate life threatening problems then someone calling you a ________.

Vicente Duque said...

If a Mexican Drunk Driver kills someone with his car, then this will be in Fox News in the Triple AAA schedule and for many days, it will be the delight of the Haters.

But if the Minutemen kill a 9 year old girl, Brisenia Flores, and her Father Raul, in Arizona, May 2009, then there is complete silence in the TV Networks.

Some of these TV Networks presented the Minutemen as Great Heroes and in the company of Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee that fawned over their exploits and deeds.

These Presidential Candidates compromised their reputations with the Minutemen. Giving support to them. The same for some of the Hate TV and Radio Anchors.

No wonder that after the revelations of Great Murders by Home Invasions and other crimes of the Minutemen, the same fools are silent !!

Vicente Duque

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