In the wake of the live-streamed torture of a disabled man by four black attackers, a public policy analyst says he objects to the term "hate crime" because it often promotes the racial agenda of the left.
Authorities in Chicago have charged four young blacks – two men, two women – with hate crime as well as battery in connection with the brutal beating of a mentally disabled white man ... a beating that was streamed on Facebook as it happened. The video was laced with profanities about "white people" and President-elect Donald Trump.
Abraham Hamilton III is a former Houston, Texas, prosecutor who now serves as a public policy analyst for the American Family Association.
"I personally have an objection to usage of the term 'hate crime' because there's an agenda attached to that term," he tells OneNewsNow. "Stop and think about it: What crimes are really committed because the perpetrators are so in love with the people they victimize? That's a ridiculous moniker."
Hamilton also contends public outcry and backlash would have been greatly pronounced if the ethnic identifications of the people involved been reversed – and if the racial epithets and condemnations had been directed at the previous incoming chief executive.
"... For example, if this had happened in 2009 after Barack Obama had been elected president, I think you'd see a much different response from our mainstream media and the popular narrative surrounding this incident," he suggests.
If the circumstances of the incident don't fit the mainstream media's narrative, Hamilton believes it either ignores the incident or downplays it. OneNewsNow sought comment from the Media Research Council about just that: the mainstream media's "slow-walking" of the story.
While media coverage picked up Thursday, MRC's Dan Gainor points out that initially the mainstream media shied away from the story.
"You look at the major lefty media and the headlines don't say anything about race," says Gainor. "You look at The Washington Post – it's just a disgusting piece of propaganda by Callum Borchers."
Borchers wrote that Trump supporters will use the attack to justify their perceptions about out-of-control black crime. But like Hamilton, Gainor says the media would have reacted much differently if the roles had been reversed.
"If this story were reversed, we'd be hearing about this the rest of the Trump administration," the media watchdog tells OneNewsNow. "If four white kids tortured some black kid because he voted for Hillary, we'd never hear the end of it."
Gainor says that it also shows the double-edged nature of social media. He points out that the fact that it was streamed live helped authorities catch the abusers; on the other hand, however, crimes like this are sometimes committed just to make a splash on the Internet.
"In part, what's happened is what's always happened," he laments. "Only now we know about it – and we know about it often in real time, and we know about it anywhere it happens in the world."
Chicago authorities say Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, and Brittany Covington, all 18, and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington held the unidentified disabled man for as long as 48 hours – and that what the video showed wasn't even the worst of the abuse.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
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