Wednesday letters: Where is the equal justice?

July 24, 2013 

The major news media, the professional civil rights leaders and even the Congressional Black Caucus decide who commits a hate crime and who doesn’t.

For instance, in the past year, groups of young black teens attacked people in various places across the country, including a white couple in Virginia and a Hispanic man in Alabama. In 2010, a group of black youth beat up and almost killed a white teenager in Five Points.

All of these were hate crimes. Yet the Justice Department, the major news outlets and professional civil rights people never even investigated to see if such a crime was committed.

We do not have equal justice under the law if hate crimes can only be committed against black people. Martin Luther King fought for equal justice for all, not what we have today.

James Rice

Columbia

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