Three black girls accused of punching and kicking a 15-year-old white boy have been charged with assault and a racial hate crime and have been suspended from Bowie High School, Prince George’s County officials said yesterday. Police brought the hate crime charge against the girls, all 15 or 16, because witnesses reported that “the girls said they committed the assault because they hate white people,” said Cpl. Robert Clark, a county police spokesman.



Metropolitan Police officers swooped on dozens of addresses across London, targeting people suspected of racist, homophobic and domestic offences. A spokesman said between 80 and 100 people was detained and more arrests are expected. The alleged offences range from racially aggravated threats to kill, homophobic harassment, the publication of racist and homophobic material and domestic assault.



Before I begin, let me make a comment or two about fires in Black churches. If there is — and I doubt that there is — but if there is anyone out there who thinks that he is on my side who is setting fire to the places of worship of churchgoing Blacks, such a person does more to hurt the cause of White separatism than ten Simon Wiesenthals. Such a person is not on my side. The fact that these arsons serve so splendidly the “anti-racist” cause should give one pause to think “cui bono?” — who benefits?



[I]t is important that readers understand the danger posed by hate crime laws. In Virginia, as in other states, a simple assault (i.e. any unlawful touching) is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A firsttime defendant convicted of simple assault might expect to be sentenced to a modest fine or some hours of community service. In a serious case, he might get a suspended sentence. However, under the hate crime statute, if the defendant is found to have selected his victim because of race, religion, color, or national origin, the law imposes a mandatory minimum term of six months.



It appears that Al Sharpton, that noted watchdog of racism, has spotted yet another instance of white bigotry rearing its ugly head — this time in the town of Perry, Florida. Without wasting a moment, Sharpton, accompanied by forty fellow activists, rushed to Perry last Friday to protest a local bar’s alleged refusal to wait on black customers in its main serving area. “We’re here to let people know this is not going to happen here in Perry, it’s not going to happen anywhere in Florida, and it’s not going to happen anywhere else,” a furious Sharpton said regarding the bar’s policy. Promising to “make a national example of Perry,” Sharpton and his delegates gathered at a church and whipped some 300 fellow protesters into a frenzy with chants of “Fired up, can’t take no more!”



If there’s to be racial goodwill and harmony, at the minimum we must be willing to confront sometimes ugly truths. One of those truths has to do with interracial crime. We all readily condemn highly publicized racial violence, and rightly so, such as last year’s brutal murder of James Byrd by white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. However, there’s little notice and condemnation of interracial crimes when whites are the victims.



TWO Asian shopkeepers who claimed their premises had been set alight by racists in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks were yesterday accused of starting the fire themselves to claim insurance. Darshan Chand and his wife Malkit, both 35, pleaded not guilty at Swansea Crown Court to arson and deception. Their shop, Hilltop Stores at Burry Port, Llanelli, was damaged by fire on New Year’s Eve 2001. Police found racist words scrawled on the building along with a Nazi swastika and a National Front symbol.



Last week they had a trial in Jasper, Texas, of 24-year-old John King, one of three White men accused of killing a Black by dragging him behind their pickup truck. The media made a real circus of the trial. Every night on the television news programs Tom Brokaw and the other network news announcers reminded us with a grim face and a sober tone about the gruesome nature of the killing. Over and over again they showed us the chain which had been used to drag the Black. They showed us the asphalt road along which he was dragged, with painted circles on the road wherever the police had found blood.



The longest war America has ever fought is the Dirty War, and it is not over. It has lasted 30 years so far and claimed more than 25 million victims. It has cost almost as many lives as the Vietnam War. It determined the result of last year’s congressional election.



Nothing more clearly reveals the hypocrisy of the whole concept of “hate crimes” than the contortions of the police and city government of Charlottesville, Virginia, in trying to avoid charging 10 blacks accused of assaulting and beating several whites with racial hatred — unless it’s the contortion of the press in trying to avoid seeing hate where the press doesn’t want to see it.



The desecration of Dallas´ St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, home church of several prominent black political leaders, was thought to have been perpetrated by white supremacists upset by the hate-crimes rhetoric. But now Dallas police and federal investigators are looking at whether the painting of Nazi swastikas and other graffiti was actually done by a black.



In April, Kevin Shifflett, an eight-year-old white boy playing in his great-grandparents’ front yard in Alexandria, VA, was slashed to death in broad daylight by a knife-wielding black man screaming anti-white epithets.



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