When you think of a hate crime, what is the first image that comes to mind? Probably something like this?
Or perhaps you think of this:
Certainly, you think of Jewish concentration camps in WWII:
But is bathroom graffiti a hate crime?
How about racist comments from internet trolls? The Huffington Post documented these:
What if one citizen tells another citizen (or non-citizen) to “go back to your country,” as 36 year-old Christopher Nelson demanded of an off-duty police woman in Brooklyn, New York?
Nelson was arrested on Sunday and charged with felony menacing and aggravated harassment.
So moved by this incident was New York City mayor Bill De Blasio that he found cause to parade this police officer-who was off duty at the time of the incident-before reporters and cameras and cite a direct correlation between President-elect Donald Trump and a rise in his city’s reports of hate crimes.
If allegations of other threats made by Nelson during the altercation are true, then some Americans may agree that this was, in fact, a hate crime. But to associate these words spoken in anger with some sort of Trump-inspired hate is to politicize the issue and cheapen it.
Mayor De Blasio is less concerned with reports of actual beatings within his city–crimes that do not require a leap of faith to tie to politics or to find motivated by hate. In November, Corey Cataldo of the Bronx was riding the number five train uptown from Union Square when another passenger began choking him for wearing a hat with the Trump slogan emblazoned upon it.
“He asked me if I’m a Trump supporter. I said ‘yeah,’ and thought he’d say ‘me too.’ People have been doing that,” Cataldo said. “But no. This man was not a Trump supporter.”
Other bystanders watched as Cataldo struggled against his determined attacker before finally breaking free and alerting authorities.
There was no press conference held by De Blasio for this horrific assault.
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a controversial Muslim rights group with strong links to international terrorism, was quick to capitalize on the drama by making an official statement:
“While Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo both have publicly stated that hate has no place in New York, the number of bias-related attacks continues to climb. President-elect Trump must forcefully and repeatedly address the ugly hatred growing rampant through-out our nation. His rhetoric encouraged hate, racism and xenophobia, and innocent people are being assaulted across our country as a result.”
CAIR receives their legitimacy from hate crime reports, aggressively soliciting their constituents for any perceived instances of disrespect. Their efforts are paying off in New York, as U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are pushing for a bill that will provide million of dollars to fund the protection of mosques and non-profits.
CAIR reports of hate crimes are cited by the same Washington lawmakers that have promised to fund Muslim nonprofits. CAIR is a Muslim nonprofit. The conflict of interests is criminal.