Wesley Pruden from the Washington Times wrote a rather compelling article on Tuesday interpreting the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin and Chris Lane’s murders.
Pruden answered the question that no one has seemed to ask: Why do we label certain crimes “hate-crimes,” when all crimes are initiated by hatred. He said:
“All murder is a hate crime, whether in Florida or Oklahoma. Sometimes, the hate is premeditated hate; sometimes, it’s hate only in the moment of the act. Murder has been a hate crime since Cain slew Abel and Romulus killed Remus, the ultimate expression of hate.”
Pruden adds that calling certain acts “hate crimes” is a meaningless sop to public opinion. The addition of the word “hate” doesn’t tell us the crime was based in hatred, it exists to make us despise the crime at face value, regardless of facts.
Specifically, liberal media utilized the term “hate-crime” to turn heads and to boost its numbers, and like yelling “fire” in a public courtyard, people turned. Then celebrities became involved and rallies formed.
All of a sudden, a little courtroom in Florida discussing the events of a self-defense case, evolved into a red-carpet carousel for the release of a scandalous and dramatized story for the ages.
Conversely, when news that Australian exchange student Chris Lane was murdered by three black teenagers for “the fun of it,” no one turned their heads. There was no concern from police, activists or celebrities over the lack of parenting these boys received, no concern for their exposure to violence, drugs and sex culture from the American media, and certainly no concern at all for the young, white, international student lying dead in a street in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Now is the time for our leaders to speak; to set aside racial boundaries and talk about the greater picture, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago today. In the wake of a firestorm spurred up by racial tensions, he spoke eloquently and rationally, bringing people together through his choice of words, not dividing them. He spoke of solving problems that ravage all Americans, not whites and blacks separately.
Unlike the liberal media, he convinced us to adopt justice, he didn’t command us to hate.
Our leaders need to remember that there is more to King’s name than a street and a holiday, just as there is more to a story than the front page of CNN.