By J. Richard Cohen
Our national reports vastly underestimate the problem
According to the FBI’s most recent annual hate crime report, which is based on voluntary reporting by law enforcement agencies across the country, there were 5,928 hate crimes in 2013. In South Carolina, the FBI report says, there were 51. Those numbers vastly underestimate the problem, according to the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Statistics. A comprehensive analysis in 2013 showed that about 260,000 people are victimized each year by hate crime. The statistics bureau’s estimate is based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, the nation’s primary source of information on criminal victimization.
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Dylann Storm Roof (1994- ), an American White supremacist, is suspected of having shot and killed six Black women and three Black men, including a state senator, at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The police are calling it a hate crime, but not an act of terrorism. They believe he acted alone.
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An Alabama woman’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were cut short when she heard a crash as three windows in the front of her house were broken with rocks.
Terry Turner and her granddaughter slipped out the bedroom window after calling 911 — they were afraid someone was in the house.
When police arrived, they discovered the rocks thrown through the windows and the spray-painted garage door with a message that said: “Move N***** now.”
Terry has lived in the neighborhood for eight years and heard the slur shouted at her but never imagined things would escalate this far. Still, she holds no hatred in her heart for whoever did this.
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Those rocks could have killed her or her granddaughter!
More domestic terrorism that the media will not call terrorism.
According to reports, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the office window of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) Thursday morning. The Hill has the story:
The Kansas City Police and Kansas City Bomb and Arson Squad responded to the scene and completed an initial survey. No one was in the office when the object or objects were thrown. The cocktail did not explode, according to local reports.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (Ohio) asked for a speedy investigation and said the people responsible need to be punished to the “fullest extent of the law.”
“The Congressional Black Caucus strongly condemns this type of vandalism targeted at Congressman Cleaver, and denounces any act of violence towards Members of Congress,” she said in a statement. “This type of abhorrent behavior is the most ineffective means of voicing discontent or disagreement.”
Cleaver is currently in Washington and all of his offices are…
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