Monday, March 15, 2004

That street goes only in one direction 

Critical Mass questions why the Claremont incident is a hate crime but Cornell's is not.
a white Cornell student ... was viciously beaten in a campus parking lot by six black Ithaca residents after a Ludacris concert last November. While they punched and kicked her in the face, the victim reports, they shouted things like, "Get your white hair out my face,� and declared that "they were gonna [beat] up my pretty white face." She sustained a ruptured eardrum and required thirteen stitches to repair a torn lip. Her wounds will leave scars and doctors estimate that she will not be fully healed for another year. But it's not a hate crime.

Four of the attackers have been identified, and this week they were charged. Those that were underage (14) were charged with assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. The 19-year-old and 20-year-old who were arrested were charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation. All four were served with notices forbidding them from setting foot on Cornell's campus in future. That's it. According to both the campus police and the Ithaca P.D., there was not enough evidence to support the claim that this was a hate crime (though there was enough evidence to justify filing a "bias-related incident report").
It's worth noting that the incident at Cornell occured after a Ludacris concert, and Mr. Ludacris "brings the dirty south" to our fair campus in April. Suppose the beating was of a black student after a David Horowitz speech. Think Horowitz would be allowed here?