From news outlets around the country, instances of such assaults seemed to be being committed primarily by blacks, with the victim pool being mostly white/Hispanic, and, in New York, mostly Jewish.
Because of the seeming racial pattern, some called for hate crime charges to be added to such assault cases. After all, that's what hate crime legislation is for, isn't it? To deter any one group from singling out any other group to victimize, no?
So, it was a relief to read that the federal government has decided to pursue hate crime charges against a suspect in a "knockout game" case.
It also was a surprise that the suspect being charged was a white guy who punched an elderly black man. Usually, in pretty much ever case I've read about, it's been a black suspect and non-black victim.
My first reaction was, "Good. A hate crime is one in which a victim is chosen based on their race, so this fits the bill."
My next thought, though, was why it took this long for someone to face charges, and why the feds chose the seemingly lone white-on-black case when there were numerous existing cases already that were met with only silence.
Then I remembered what a joke this administration is when it comes to being square with anything racial.
The Daily Kos was overjoyed that a white suspect had been arrested, because this single arrest "blows" the racial narrative that "the Right" has been pushing concerning the pattern of assaults:
"The irony of this incident is that in the last few months many on the Right have been attempting to make this supposed knockout game a black on white crime. They have been using overblown incidents of this type by the media to show some false racial divided."
Such flawed thinking.
Kos says the national media has publicized only the black-on-white assaults. I contend that there is no way in hell the national media would let white-on-black assaults slide. There are countless activists and organizers and civil rights leaders whose entire being is devoted to publicizing every perceived racial slight they can find; you're going to tell me there's a national conspiracy to cover up blatant assaults?
Sorry, that doesn't fly.
But, even if there was a massive cover up of such assaults, you expect me to believe the rich and powerful leaders of the left wing would let that stand?
Any pattern can have deviations; that doesn't negate the pattern. It's the difference between "all" and "most" .... I wouldn't think that all assaults such as these are being perpetrated by blacks. But, as with anything, if there is a noticeable "most," that is simply that; fifty is more than five, that's just the way it is.
And most normal people get that, at least subconsciously, and use it in their daily lives. We learn what to expect, based on what we've experienced either directly or secondhand.
Bottom line is that the white guy should face charges if he chose a victim based on race. But so should every other perpetrator that did the same, regardless of the color of either. To use this arrest as a way to try and nullify every other assault is ridiculous -- to say that one incident "shows" something, while 100 other like incidents don't show anything? How is that even remotely logical?
I'm waiting to see what happens, whether other suspects are charged with hate crimes as well, but I have a feeling that's not going to happen. After all, we learn what to expect, based on what we've experienced, and this type of racial imbalance/exploitation/manipulation is just par for the course from this administration and the left.