Does it matter how violent criminals choose their victims?

From the excellent City Journal comes a story of two attacks.

In one 5 black attackers attack a white man, shouting “get whitey” and the attack is deemed a mere robbery.

Meanwhile a white man, brought up in a black neighbourhood, is charged for a hate crime because he allegedly said “What up nigga*” before he attacked and robbed three black men in a revenge attack for an earlier mugging.

It seems that hate crime laws are applied with a double standard in the US too (as they are in the UK, see previous post).

* The story explains how “nigga” is different from “nigger”.

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