Why isn’t the Richmond gang rape being treated as a hate crime?

By · Thursday, October 29th, 2009 · 24 Comments »

That’s a rhetorical question, of course. If you read my post yesterday about hate crimes (or even if you didn’t), you know why. But the Richmond case provides an unusually clear-cut example of how violence against women, just because they’re women (as opposed to black/immigrant/Jewish/gay women), is considered normal. Why? Because it was in this […]

One of these hate crimes is not like the others

By · Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 · 22 Comments »

The big news today on the progress-of-civilization front is that President Obama has signed the new hate crimes bill into law. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expands federal law to cover hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Yes, gender really is on the list; […]

Dudes search for something important in hate crime to be upset about

By · Friday, August 7th, 2009 · 35 Comments »

Pages and pages of hate-filled ranting against women. Fifty bullets sprayed into a crowd of female strangers. Three women dead, nine wounded. Clearly a hate crime against women, right? Not if you’re Markos Moulitsas or Greg Mitchell or this dude. If you’re one of these guys, “hate crime against women” doesn’t even quite make sense. […]

Hate crime disappears into the memory hole

By · Thursday, August 6th, 2009 · 61 Comments »

I didn’t hear about the Pennsylvania misogyny massacre until late last night, when I was too tired to write about it. I figured I’d post on it today, by which time I expected there would be more articles about the story on the Google News front page and perhaps some political commentary on Memeorandum. But […]