Certain politicians and pundits in Atlanta — Double-Dipping Mayor I’ll take two paychecks for that one job thank you very much Keisha Lance Bottoms, disgraced GOP House Speaker David Ralston, job-threatening public-radio-triple-dipper Bill Nigut, and every single Democrat and virtue-signaling Republican want to pass a hate crime law in Georgia. Because Brunswick. Because George Floyd. Because “racism.” Purportedly against all black men. Purportedly by all police.
As of this writing, such rhetoric and the riots they birthed have resulted in serious injuries to more than 400 police and several murders of police, along with hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and looting.
According to the written language of hate crime laws, every single one of these assaults, murders, looting, and property damage are themselves hate crimes.
So be careful what you ask for. Especially you, David Ralston. Given your history, your current stance demanding “speedy justice” is so cynical I can’t believe the words coming out of your mouth originate anywhere near that portion of your anatomy.
David Ralston, Child Molester Champion Via Judicial Attrition for Elected Officials
A little background. As a criminal defense attorney, David Ralston used his position as Speaker of the Georgia House to delay cases for his criminal clients 57 times: rapists, child molesters, DUI offenders and one sex offender who attacked a vulnerable 14-year old with cerebral palsy. In that case, Ralston (mis)used his legislative privilege to delay the case seven years; in another case, he delayed molestation charges involving three young siblings for three years.
Imagine being a young adult rape victim whose entire teenage years were destroyed by David Ralston using his political power to delay justice in your rape case. Now imagine watching Ralston demanding “speedy justice” in cases that have nothing to do with his jurisdiction.
In Ralston’s defense, he was super busy getting kickbacks from Hollywood for bringing their production work to Georgia to cheap down the studios’ labor costs. No word from said studios regarding their feelings about partnering with a legislator who was throwing child rape victims under the bus while chomping cheese and swilling wine with them.
And another aside regarding hate crimes and rape: luckily for Ralston and Nigut and Bottoms, given the nasty optics of their cause, way back in the 1990’s, Elena Kagan, Eric Holder, Abe Foxman and Bill Clinton secretively made sure that mere serial stranger rapes and rape-murders of children, heterosexual women, gay men and boys attacked by other gays, and other types of serial stranger rape wouldn’t ever be counted as hate crimes — not even when the rapist/slash rapist-murderer randomly targeted ten or fifty or a hundred of the same type of person, unless it was a very special person like a transvestite, which didn’t actually happen more than a handful of times in history, propaganda notwithstanding. But I digress: that’s a topic for another day.
Let’s say, tomorrow. If the weather’s good.
If you want to read more about how rape and rape-torture-murder of the wrong sorts of victims by the wrong sorts of offenders were quietly excluded from hate crime laws, and how these laws were quietly implemented in ways that have nothing to do with how they were written, debated, amended, codified, passed, and sold to the public, you can read my article from 2005 on the subject, titled: Rape is Not a Hate Crime Against Women. Unfortunately, I’m a hopeless computer dolt, so you can only currently find this article on the “About” page of this website, starting on page 219 of a pdf link titled Forgetting Rape. Perhaps some kind person will help me reformat and post it separately. There’s a pound of the best halva money can buy in it for you.As corrupt politicians of both parties regularly do, Ralston recently grabbed the shiny gold ring of “hate crime activism” to cover up his vile behavior towards the real victims of his real-offender clients.
For example, in the wake of the Ahmed Avery case in Brunswick, speaking in Insider Advantage, Ralston contradicted his previous strategy of dragging out criminal cases for as long as possible until the victims give up, saying:
he would “challenge and implore” Senate lawmakers to pass the hate crimes bill already adopted by his chamber, House Bill 426, “with no delay and no amendments” when the session resumes in June. “The time for being silent ended last week,” Ralston said [referencing the Ahmed death]. “It’s time to do what’s right. It’s going to take some leadership and some courage, but I think it’s time to act.” … “Sometimes, exercising the responsibility demands some courage and bold leadership. Last week, we came to a point where we’re called upon to be responsible.”
Responsibility, David? The thing for which you’re responsible is delaying the trials of rapists as their victims suffered years and decades of being turned into non-people in the eyes of the law. Calls for swift action on any crime coming from you ought to make your tongue fall out. I want you to remember this: every time a cop gets hit by a brick or shot in the back of the head in coming days thanks to rhetoric like yours spurring on the protestors, their blood is also on your hands.
David Ralston is a festering sore on the nether regions of the Georgia GOP’s soul. Using race war to cover up his denial of justice to child victims of sex crimes is repugnant. Anyone working on recalling this human garbage has a volunteer in me and a forum in this blog.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Bottoms is having a very good month in the usual fashion of studiously ignoring all the heinous crimes being committed by black men (and some women) in Atlanta against mostly other black men and women as she’s feted by the New York Times for blaming all white people but especially police and Trump for the deaths of three black men in places other than Atlanta.
Today she has a self-serving, riot-justifying op-ed in the NewYork Times. It it, she plays the usual fistful of race cards, including claiming that her son couldn’t be safe because police and white people everywhere want him dead, and not just dead but sort of pre-birth dead because, according to her, it was easy for her to adopt him because, according to her, nobody wanted black male babies to be alive, or something.
We need to take statements like this at face value. The mayor of Atlanta, who’s spent her entire sleazy, double-dipping, scandal-ridden career studiously ignoring the horrific black-on-black crime rates in Atlanta, including in recent weeks, now is saying in the newspaper of record that total strangers who happen to be police and/or white want to kill her son. Despite this diatribe against imaginarily murderous white citizens and cops, she doesn’t mention the real, horrific violence that touched her family: the murder of her 18-year old nephew by three young black gang members while she was running for office — and not incidentally lobbing anti-white racial taunts at her white liberal opponent with a big assist from John Lewis, who hasn’t cared for thirty years that his own district is a killing zone of black-on-black crime.
If Keisha Lance Bottoms sincerely wants to keep her son from being murdered, rather than advance her career by exploiting his existence while making appalling false accusations against entirely innocent people, she needs to acknowledge the hard cold facts of real black crime statistics — not only the fact that black-on-black violence accounts for nearly all killings of black youth but also that police, black and white, have far more to fear from black killers than blacks have to fear from them. According to Heather MacDonald:
Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 “black bodies,” in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population.
The increase in black homicides last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.
Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks.
In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The paper categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest.
Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.
Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers — committed vastly and disproportionately by black males.
Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.
Cops didn’t gun down Keisha Lance Bottoms’ nephew. “White people” didn’t kill him. But the race mobs fomented by Keisha Lance Bottoms et. al. have claimed the lives of at least four police officers; others are on life support, and hundreds have been injured. From Molotov cocktails to bricks and acid being hurled in cops’ faces, to cars running over police, hundreds of officers have suffered attempted murder at the hands of protestors egged on by the New York Times, CNN, NPR, Keisha Lance Bottoms, David Ralston, Bill deBlasio, Joe Biden, much of the DNC, and reliable idiot Marco! Pepito Rubio.
And so we get to hate crime charges. As they are written, if not always enforced, every single protestor who merely shouted racial slurs, let alone destroyed property, stopped traffic, assaulted police, or worse, committed race-based hate crime assaults, and if state bureaus of investigation won’t initiate hate crime charges against the movements and individuals involved, it’s time for the federal Department of Justice to step in. Every protestor who hurled a rock or brick or explosive device at a cop, or broke a store window, or looted a store, or blocked traffic, or shot a cop in the brain, or punched a cop in the face, or shouted slurs at whites, or urged others on to violence because something happened in Minnesota or Georgia was engaging in race-based hate crime violence against a symbolic target and should face the maximum penalties under the sentencing enhancements of these laws.
And as the Georgia General Assembly gets back to work this week possibly with Senate Judiciary committee hearings on a hate crime law for this state, their first order of business should be to discuss which elected officials who egged on the violent mobs, from Keisha Lance Bottoms to David Ralston, merit racial incitement hate crime charges brought against them, too.
The best way to kill these pernicious laws may well turn out to lie in actually enforcing them.