Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei are guilty of a hate crime, right? Here’s how the argument stacks up:
There’s a racial component: Asians versus Caucasians. Yeah but, white people aren’t the contingent that hate crime legislation was meant to protect. That’s an unspoken truism, but a truism nonetheless: White people commit hate crime, they don’t suffer from it.
Okay then, there’s the sexual-orientation facet. This one’s harder for the perpetrators to dodge: they openly and publicly mocked Tyler’s homosexuality. It should be cut n’ dried. You’re sensing a “yeahbut”?
Yeah, but they have the racial trump card. And we’ve yet to find many in public office, particularly among prosecutorial types, who won’t fold their hand when that card is played. And rest assured that the attorneys for Ravi and Wei will, in some fashion, play it.
You’ll hear countless arguments about this case today. Nothing will be resolved, but the fact will remain that a kid of a different race and sexuality than his tormentors is dead. It’s too late to do a damn thing about Tyler Clementi.
The question is: What will be done about Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei? I fear the answer is “little or nothing”.
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