More ways to get me hatemail

A friend sent me this article.

Jamie Underwood faces the death penalty on murder charges stemming from a series of at least four home invasion attacks on Sept, 30, 2005 in and around Tifton, about 170 miles south of Atlanta.

The brutality of the killings, in which the victims were beaten, shot and, in at least one case, raped, shocked the thousands of immigrants who have flocked to south Georgia to pick vegetables, tobacco and peaches.

There are four defendants involved in the murders and six dead Mexican immigrants. You have to get to the very last line of the article to get this information:

All four are black, stirring local speculation that the attacks were racially motivated. However, police have said there is no evidence of that.

Had the article not had that last bit, I would never have even asked myself this question, but I know some of you are probably thinking the same thing — if the defendants were white, would the media and/or prosecutors be casting this as a hate crime?

17 comments

  1. Jen says:

    “if the defendants were white, would the media and/or prosecutors be casting this as a hate crime?”

    Yes. You’ve got six dead Mexican immigrants and considering the emotions surrounding the immigration debates, it’s not a far fetched idea.

  2. griftdrift says:

    And actually Erick, if you read some of the local papers at the time of the crime, there was banter of it in fact being portrayed as a hate crime.

  3. Darth Mike says:

    Too bad there is no Mexican Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. If there was a Jose Jackson, or an Alberto Sharpton, god only knows how much we would be hearing about this.

  4. Rogue109 says:

    Absolutely it would be cast as a hate crime if the defendants were white. Only the media coverage would already be international and CNN would have hourly updates from downtown Tifton…

  5. drjay says:

    foxnews does not sensationalize, they are fair and balanced, they simply report and then let you decide, now if you’ll excuse me i need to pick up sheppard smith’s laundry…he does not like to be kept waiting.

  6. Donkey Kong says:

    foxnews sensationalizes more than anyone. They cover stories like Anna Nicole Smith, Jon Benet Ramsey, and Paris Hilton more than any other news outlet. Ideologically they are more balanced, but their programming, with the exception of O’Reilly, is pretty sour.

  7. drjay says:

    no they are fair and balanced, they do not sensationalize, it is importeant to be kept abreast of the details of important news stories liek natalie hollaway’s disappearance, last year, and they are the only ones willing to continue bringing us breaking news on that and many other world changing stories. um liek did you know beth twitty (natalie’s mom) and john ramsay are dating–yeah, well–heard it foxnews!!! so there

  8. drjay says:

    no they are fair and balanced, they do not sensationalize, it is importeant to be kept abreast of the details of important news stories liek natalie hollaway’s disappearance, last year, and they are the only ones willing to continue bringing us breaking news on that and many other world changing stories. um, like did you know beth twitty (natalie’s mom) and john ramsay are dating–yeah, well–heard it foxnews!!! so there

  9. Rogue109 says:

    Bill: I wasn’t trying to start anything by daring to say CNN would be in Tifton. Put whatever media source in there, instead. Geez, sensitive people (grin)! Just making the point it would be worse of white dudes were involved…

  10. Ragnar Danneskjöld says:

    No Erick if the victims were white, there would not be mention of a hate crime.

    If you remember the group of blacks that brutalized and killed that white couple in Tennessee a few months ago? Well, there was never mention of it being a hate crime.

    I think the term and the charge of a “hate-crime” is ridiculous anyway. If you kill someone, you kill someone and you should be charged accordingly with no regard to black or white or purple or rainbow colored just with the fact that you killed an individual (s).

    It is things like the term “hate-crime” that continues to perpetuate race issues in our society. And it is because of people like Jesse Jackson that race continues to be an issue. Because him and those like him would not have a job if they couldn’t create these mirages of racism in America.

    Amazingly, the black community cannot see the fact that they are used and abused by media whores like Jesse Jackson and the Democrat Party.

    To them, anything and everything can be justified in the name of “race.”

  11. griftdrift says:

    Whether you believe in hates crime legislation or not, let’s deal with some facts here.

    Under any legislation of hate crimes, there has to evidence the crime was racially motivated. It can’t just be because one side was one race and the other was another race. Let me say it again because in some of these stories it tends to get ignored (much like some have done with my first comment), just like any other charge there has to be evidence.

    Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were murdered in the most brutal fashion conceivable. But even though they were white and all there attackers were black, there was no evidence it was racially motivated.

    In the case of the South Georgia killings, let me say this again, there was some initial talk the killings were racially motivated. However, THE EVIDENCE, indicated hispanics were targeted for one reason and one reason only. Greed.

    The criminals were intent on robbery and many hispanics in that area habitually keep large sums of cash in there possession and do not live in the most secure domiciles. They were targeted not because of the black defendents hated Mexicans. They were targeted because the criminals coveted their money.

    You can think what you will about hate crimes and we can have some fascinating discussions about the politics of it all, but if you want to talk about specific cases without also using any factual basis, well then you are just blowing so much smoke.

  12. DavidAtlanta says:

    “If we followed William Shakespeare’s advice and “killed all of the lawyers,” would that be a hate crime?”

    No. That would be a gift to humankind.

  13. griftdrift says:

    Actually if we followed William Shakespeare and killed all the lawyers, we would then be a little closer to setting up a dictatorship.

    Oh wait a minute…..

    Henry VI, Part II for those that have read the entire play instead of cherry picking certain lines out of context.

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