Sickos like Dylann Roof grab all the headlines when it comes to senseless acts of racial violence, but there are plenty of small-time operators out there with a similar mindset you rarely hear about.
Take for example a Texas man who was recently charged with a hate crime for a racially motivated attack on an 81-year-old African-American man.
The 29-year-old idiot targeted the elderly man for what is commonly known as a “knockout.” The man was chosen for this twisted act of violence based on his skin color.
Laying off defenseless people
The perpetrator made a recording on his cell phone prior to the assault in which he speaks about gaining “national attention” by attacking a black man. He also rambles on about not victimizing “defenseless people,” although moments later he does exactly that.
Without warning, the cowardly fool punched his victim in the face. The force of the blow put him on the ground with two jaw fractures. He was injured to the extent that hospitalization was required for several days.
The aggressor laughed and exclaimed “knockout” before running to his vehicle and driving off.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for police to arrest their man. He has already admitted to the charges against him.
Because he was in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, he could get sent to prison for as long as 10 years when he is sentenced in September 2015. A $250,000 fine is also possible. Good luck trying to collect that.
Stupid acts of violence
Yes the laws need to be enforced harshly to deter such stupid acts of violence. At the same time there needs to be some fresh ideas put on the table about improving the toxic state of relations between the races in this country.
You would think that with a presidential election not far off, candidates would be talking about this issue more than they are.
Now that the gay marriage situation is settled for the time being, maybe we can move on to other matters and have a much-needed national discussion about race.
The country will emerge from such discourse in a better place.