Hate Crimes Are the New Witch Hunts

“Is the accuser always holy now?  Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers?”  Arthur Miller, The Crucible

The biggest problem with hate crime accusations is that they are completely subjective.  Whenever anyone claims that a hate crime has been committed, all that means is that they perceive that a hate crime has been committed.  There’s no objective standard, no uniform physical sign that constitutes an undeniable smoking gun.

How could something so nebulous NOT end up getting abused for political gain?

Consider the current furor over the Rutgers student who has just been convicted of a hate crime even though there’s no actual evidence that he “hated” the victim, personally or publicly.  Continue reading

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Current Events Irony

It is wrong to hate minorities and to pick on people who are different from you, unless the minority you’re picking on is the rich.  Then, apparently, it’s an important civic responsibility to publicly harass them.  If you aren’t kind enough to a politically correct group, you’re a bigot and a bully.  If you openly slander and threaten the rich, you’re an activist.

But Will People Stop Bullying Teachers?

Nevada is in the middle of an official week-long campaign against bullying in schools.  There is much merit to this, but I have to wonder: with all of this emphasis on curbing the harassment of young people in schools, will anybody think to halt the bullying of teachers, also?

Who bullies the teacher?  Parents, mostly.  Ron Clark recently noted:

Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.

I’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of this.  All teachers have.  Continue reading