Jim Goad writes:
Apparently panicking in the face of such rapid narrative collapse, the Chicago Tribune quickly belched out an article about how, according to FBI statistics, white-on-black “hate crimes” are still more common than the inverse.
But the problem with such stats is a firm cultural and apparently legal reluctance to call any black-on-white violence a “hate crime,” no matter how strong the evidence is that racial animus was at least partial motivation. Americans know who Dylann Roof is but not Omar Thornton. They remember Rodney King but not Reginald Denny. They’re familiar with the murder of Emmett Till—which happened in 1955—but not the much more gruesome murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, which happened in 2007.
If you remove the very notion of “hate crime” from interracial violence in America and examine the actual stats, an entirely different picture emerges.