I have to admit: I have no idea why a certain group of White people, particularly White males, really want to believe things that aren’t true. I also have to admit how something a commenter on the Indignant White Male blog inspired me to write this post. Another admission is that I likely misunderstood him when I responded to his statement:
Why is black on white crime never considered hate-crime?
I confused it with standard rants about hate crimes. But no matter. The commenters question is even more absurd. Not only are most/all crimes intraracial in nature (meaning that most people are victimized by offenders of their own race/group) but, for some reason, people who want to stretch the concept of “hate” crimes beyond all recognition hardly ever ask, “why aren’t all crimes committed by whites considered hate-crime?”
Clearly the purpose is to take something, “hate crimes”, which Whites commit more often than other groups and turn it into something to hold against Blacks/African-Americans. In either case, whether its the imagined idea that “only whites get charged/convicted of hate crimes” or the intellectually disingenuous, equivocating idea of suggesting that all crimes [Blacks commit, against whites at least] are “hate crimes”, we’re dealing with people who have fragile psyches who feel it is important to believe that White people are “victims.” Victims of, in this case, being seen as the “only” people who commit hate crimes when other people do it too — a fact that they often ignore when making hyperbolic statements like the one that serves as the title for this thread.
The irony of it all is: a lot of the times these are the very people who regurgitate the idea that Black people have a “victim” mentality. But, in a society that privileges White anger/resentment, being White and “playing the victim” apparently isn’t a bad thing.
PS: The “why is black on white crime never considered hate-crime?” argument is, apparently, an attempt to to recast the “only whites get convicted of hate crimes” argument which never could make Whites the kind of “victims” some people need them to be.