“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