Tuesday, August 30, 2005


When a Hate Crime Isn't a Hate Crime

When is a hate crime not a hate crime? When members of the jewish community are targets :

Vandals burned swastikas and obscenities into the lawn of a Jewish family in a Georgia town northeast of Atlanta, splattering windows with eggs and fouling the front porch of their home.

Two swastikas were spray-painted in the road in front of Ginger Ragans' two-story home Sunday and a third was etched onto her lawn, along with the word "Fascist" and an obscenity scrawled in the grass. Her trees were draped with toilet paper and someone had urinated and defecated on the porch.

Gwinnett County police are investigating and are uncertain whether to classify it as a hate crime, spokesman Darren Moloney said.

I wonder what exactly they are uncertain about, maybe a small note left by the criminals would have helped, something that said "4 the police, just so you know, this is a hate crime", but even then i'm sure there would have been some confusion.

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