"Nobody but DeMarquis Elkins knows for certain what was going through his mind when he shot that baby in the face" includes you, too, rocket scientist. You are just THE SUCKER that took the bait when I called DeMarquis Elkins actions a HATE CRIME. And yet you CONTINUE to make my point for me. Either ALL crimes can be classified as hate crimes by definition, or NO crimes can be classified by definition as hate crimes, because it leaves it up to us mere humans to pick and choose which crimes to label hate crimes. That, proven, CANNOT be done without the ugly presence of bias.<quoted text>
You finally admitted that, "Nobody but DeMarquis Elkins knows for certain what was going through his mind when he shot that baby in the face." You just said so yourself.
You DON'T know for sure what it was all about. Because of YOUR own race bias, YOU assume he shot the baby for being white. Who's to say it wasn't all part of some gang initiation or whatever? It was a robbery attempt after all wasn't it? Beyond a reasonable doubt you have no argument for any hate crime, because there is no EVIDENCE. I'd say you're about as far off as earth is to the planet Pluto if think this was a hate crime.
I also criticize hate crime legislation for exacerbating conflicts between groups. I assert that by defining crimes as being committed by one group against another, rather than as being committed by individuals against their society, and that the labeling of crimes as hate crimes, causes groups to feel persecuted by one another, and that this impression of persecution can incite a backlash and thus lead to an actual INCREASE in crime. Some have argued hate crime laws bring the law into disrepute, and further divide society, as groups apply to have their critics silenced. Some have argued that IF it is true that ALL VIOLENT CRIMES are the result of the perpetrator's contempt for the victim, then ALL CRIMES ARE HATE CRIMES. Thus, if there is no alternate rationale for prosecuting some people more harshly for the same crime based on who the victim is, then different defendants are treated unequally under the law, which violates the United States Constitution.
So, again, either Antonio Santiago IS the victim of a hate crime, or NOBODY is a victim of a hate crime.