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Hate Crimes in Virginia: Don’t Look Too Closely.

March 20, 2010

So, I’ve been looking into “hate crimes” laws in various states.  Here’s one from Virginia.    § 52-8.5. Reporting hate crimes.:

Ҥ 52-8.5. Reporting hate crimes.

A. The Superintendent shall establish and maintain within the Department of State Police a central repository for the collection and analysis of information regarding hate crimes and groups and individuals carrying out such acts.

B. State, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies shall report to the Department all hate crimes occurring in their jurisdictions in a form, time and manner prescribed by the Superintendent. Such reports shall not be open to public inspection except insofar as the Superintendent shall permit.

C. For purposes of this section, “hate crime” means (i) a criminal act committed against a person or his property with the specific intent of instilling fear or intimidation in the individual against whom the act is perpetrated because of race, religion or ethnic origin or that is committed for the purpose of restraining that person from exercising his rights under the Constitution or laws of this Commonwealth or of the United States, (ii) any illegal act directed against any persons or their property because of those persons’ race, religion or national origin, and (iii) all other incidents, as determined by law-enforcement authorities, intended to intimidate or harass any individual or group because of race, religion or national origin.

(1988, c. 838; 2002, cc. 588, 623.)”

So basically, local and state agencies are required to report all “hate crimes,” and the State Police is required to keep a database of these incidents.  I noticed this passage, in Section B:  “Such reports shall not be open to public inspection except insofar as the Superintendent shall permit.”  Why not?  At least minor details of most criminal offenses are available under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.  So, why not make this centralized database available, obviously excluding such things as identifiable information about the victims?  If I had to guess, it’s probably because the racial makeup of all offenders of all reported “hate crimes” incidents (probably not overwhelmingly white) probably doesn’t mirror the racial makeup of those actually charged with hate crimes (probably overwhelmingly white).  “except insofar as the Superintendent shall permit”…Yeah…I’m sure the Superintendent will allow an open, honest, and easily conducted detailed comparison of “hate crimes” committed, and “hate crimes” actually charged.  That’ll probably happen around the same time that David Frum, whose existence is the best evidence I’ve seen yet to refute Kevin MacDonald’s theory that Judaism encourages eugenic practices for its followers, embraces the two-state solution for Palestine.