Hate Crime Investigation At UK

Police on the University of Kentucky campus are investigating a reported hate crime.

The Courier-Journal reports someone scrawled a racial slur on an African-American student's dorm room door, at New North Hall.

UK Police say patrols around the dorm have been increased, and dorm staff have been asked to be vigilant about checking student ID's.

UK President Lee Todd sent out a campus-wide email saying he will not tolerate people who break the law or university regulations.


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  • by vmracer Location: Atlanta on Oct 14, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    Hate crime legislation is a "politically correct" attempted solution that is frequently selectively enforced to stifle the free speech/thoughts of some on behalf of one segment of the population on behalf of another. As such the legislation and those who champion it, deserve our contempt. Such heavy handed social manipulation does more to inflame racial distrust than not. Meanwhile, real crime perpetrated by blacks in numbers that far exceed their ratio in the population grows while the law enforcement thought police go about harrassing folks for what they think/say, not what they do.
  • by Randall Location: Pineville on Oct 12, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    How can a crime against one individual intimidate an entire group? Unless maybe its a group of three. Did anyone notice a caravan of vehicles leaving town after the grafitti was posted? If intimidation was the intent, how did that turn out?
  • by Ashley Location: Somerset on Oct 12, 2007 at 07:32 AM
    Doesn't really seem strange to hear about. An African-American being harassed in Kentucky. People need to be a little more open-minded. The guy is a person, regardless of the color of his skin. He could do something great for humanity. Leave the poor guy alone.
  • by The Real Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 11, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    I didn't post the one below....
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 10, 2007 at 05:12 PM
    Good point Brian. Megan did'nt stand a chance unloading her groceries at her English Manor Apt. when she was robbed and gunned down. Those crack heads should have been charged with a hate crime but Ray Larson did'nt. As for the young men that beat the eldery man at Holiday Inn North, again hate crime and again Ray Larson did'nt charge them. If the tables were turned and I were to go out with a group of white thugs and do harm to a black person that would be a hate crime just because of my skin and you know it would.
  • by poor man Location: danville on Oct 10, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    To Juidy: you forgot to add one thing to this statement; a hate crime is simply a crime committed by hate. Graffiti by itself is not a crime period so this is not a hate crime if it does not fit the bill of a crime then adding the word hate does not make it illegal. If you shoot a man this is a crime, if you do it because he is not your particular choice of color this would make it a hate crime. Take away all the fancy words and when the dust settles the fact remains first the act must be a crime and then it is motivated by hate. Then we could all agree to your statement and Wikipedia as this is the source I do belief you quoted it word for word, is that illegal to post that here as your own words?
  • by eyeonyou Location: P.O.T. on Oct 10, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    Well Juidy, I don't think you will ever see hate crimes filed against the perpetrator when a crime is committed against a straight white person. Furthermore, I guarentee you will never ever see a hate crime brought against someone who commits a crime against a straight white male. You know it and I know it whether you want to admit it or not. Ah, America, the Land of equal opportunity. Makes me all mushy feeling inside. lol
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    I bet no one would be upset if someone wrote "cracker" on a door -- everyone would probably laugh. I would :)
  • by Big Beara Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 09:28 AM
    Wow, talk about overreacting, now dorm staff are going to be harassing residents for their IDs. A night of high jinks turns into a thought crime and students have to pay. Everyone is so overly sensitive about what was "scrawled" on a door. I'm curious to see whether this gets a bigger reaction than when someone's daughter gets assaulted on campus. Which gets the bigger response from UK authorities and administration?
  • by Juidy on Oct 10, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    FYI Mike & anyone else not educated enough to know the definition of a "hate crime" it is as follows: "Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain social group, usually defined by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation. Hate crimes differ from conventional crime because they are meant to cause fear and intimidation in an entire group or class of people." In regards to hate crimes and freedom of speech here you go - hate crime statutes and punishment for a hate crime does not conflict with free speech rights because they do not punish an individual for exercising freedom of expression; rather, courts are to consider the motive for the so called "freedom of speech aka hate crime" which is not protected by the First Amendment. No one deserves to be discriminated against because of who God created them to be.
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