After acid thrown in face by stranger...

After acid thrown in face by stranger, Washington state woman recou...

There are 39 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 2, 2010, titled After acid thrown in face by stranger, Washington state woman recou.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

PORTLAND, Ore. - Bethany Storro had just bought a pair of sunglasses and was celebrating a new job when a woman walked up to her with a cup and said: "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" The woman then splashed acid in the cup on Storro, who stumbled in pain and fell to the ground screaming.

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aztrans

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Sep 2, 2010
you can take the norwegian out of the alps, but you cant take the alps out of the norwegian

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Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 2, 2010
This sounds like tatics used by members of MoveOn.org .

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Pat

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 2, 2010
Hate crime
wvatne

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Sep 2, 2010
black woman to do this to a white lady. this is racist. lets behave in life and isnt easy now days..i wouldnt do a such a thing like to to a human. what for ?????? what hell for ??? that black lady need tot be caught and be earn her of good punished, Bethany hope that speedy recovery as what you had looked like before but you made it .
Mike L

United States

#10 Sep 2, 2010
Life can change in an instant.. So sad, and for what?? Could the attacker have mistaken Ms. Storro for another person? This is just insane. People using acid as a means of hurting someone?
Al Notsosharpton

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 2, 2010
NOT a hate crime.

just sayin'
the Grinder

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Sep 2, 2010
Now this was a black woman that did this right? When do we decide if this is a hate crime? This type of criminal deserves 20 years in prison.
Vin Gents

United States

#15 Sep 2, 2010
i say that we the people ought to start dealing with the animals within our society in a very brutal, unsympathetic way.
sfo415

Sunnyvale, CA

#17 Sep 2, 2010
by "local" i meant in san francisco.
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Sep 2, 2010
Maybe the attacker has been training in Afghanistan; this is big sport over there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_throwing
ducky

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Sep 2, 2010
I wish Bethany well!

how horrible!
thomas

Vancouver, WA

#20 Sep 2, 2010
If a white woman threw acid in the face of a black woman, would it be a "hate crime"? YES, or at least the possible motives, when investigated, could point to a hate crime. Is this attack even going to be considered a "hate crime"? I personally don't give a crap about race: we're all exploited by the capitalist system. What I care about is the preferential treatment given to white on black crime as automatically being a "hate crime." What about black on white crime? I recall a past crime where 2 felon black males were released from prison in Wichita, KS. After their release they purposely took hostage 2 white couples because they were white (this is documented as being the motive). The felons raped the men and women, murdered the men, kept the women as "play things" for a few more days and then murdered the women as well. Was this prosecuted as a hate crime? NO.

Let's say a white lad is walking around an area that is populated, predominately, by blacks. If he is robbed or attacked by blacks, isn't this a hate crime? Isn't he somehow picked out because of his race? What about the other individuals (who are black)? Why were they not chosen by the perpetrators? While I am not dismissing the existence of black on black crime, there are cases of whites being specifically targeted by black criminals. I'm just saying, preferential treatment of any race over another is wrong. And don't give me any of that "blacks were oppressed" stuff. Yes, they have had a horrific history in this country, but IT IS HISTORY. What about the present? Prosecuting a white criminal, who committed a crime on a person who is black, with a hate crime is okay, while a black criminal who committed a crime against a white is just a criminal, and the crime wasn't motivated by race? WTF? This is just plain wrong: either prosecute everybody with a hate crime charge or just drop the whole hate crime legislation. It's obviously one-sided.
TheMaster

House Springs, MO

#21 Sep 2, 2010
Where's the media on this one that reeks of racism?
Well

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Sep 2, 2010
When you consider that white folks have been lynching black people for hundreds of years for no apparent reason, just be happy this isn't a daily occurrence.

No one deserves to have this type of thing done to them, period. If they find the woman she should be punished. But to harp of the race of the woman (rather than say, her mental stability which I find more disturbing) is just ignorant. She called her a "pretty girl" not a "white honky" before the attack.

Maybe it was a hate crime but I'm more concerned about getting her crazy arse off the street.
tarmancer

Sebeka, MN

#24 Sep 2, 2010
The woman must be mentally ill that did this and she needs to be locked up one way or another. Mentally ill people are everywhere! We don't lock them up anymore. We don't have the money for that. But we have how many billions for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over what? Just fighting for the rich man. You better believe it. No money for healthcare. Nuts running the streets and pedophiles so thick. We really do need euthanasia. I am so serious.
John

Wheaton, IL

#25 Sep 2, 2010
Sounds like a gang initiation.
Rose

Minneapolis, MN

#26 Sep 2, 2010
This is a wonderful article. We need to feel sad over this. is this what we have become? We need Sarah Palin and the Tea Party folks to set everyone straight. Jesus is Lord over all.
Nutty Rose

Saint Paul, MN

#27 Sep 2, 2010
Yeah right. The only interest Palin has fattening her own pocketbooks. And the Tea Baggers?? They're still confused over whether Medicare is a government program.
TAZ

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Sep 3, 2010
This now needs to be treated as a hate crime, if it was the other way around every one knows it would be called as such.
Fed up with stupid

Saint Paul, MN

#30 Sep 3, 2010
thomas wrote:
If a white woman threw acid in the face of a black woman, would it be a "hate crime"? YES, or at least the possible motives, when investigated, could point to a hate crime. Is this attack even going to be considered a "hate crime"? I personally don't give a crap about race: we're all exploited by the capitalist system. What I care about is the preferential treatment given to white on black crime as automatically being a "hate crime." What about black on white crime? I recall a past crime where 2 felon black males were released from prison in Wichita, KS. After their release they purposely took hostage 2 white couples because they were white (this is documented as being the motive). The felons raped the men and women, murdered the men, kept the women as "play things" for a few more days and then murdered the women as well. Was this prosecuted as a hate crime? NO.
Let's say a white lad is walking around an area that is populated, predominately, by blacks. If he is robbed or attacked by blacks, isn't this a hate crime? Isn't he somehow picked out because of his race? What about the other individuals (who are black)? Why were they not chosen by the perpetrators? While I am not dismissing the existence of black on black crime, there are cases of whites being specifically targeted by black criminals. I'm just saying, preferential treatment of any race over another is wrong. And don't give me any of that "blacks were oppressed" stuff. Yes, they have had a horrific history in this country, but IT IS HISTORY. What about the present? Prosecuting a white criminal, who committed a crime on a person who is black, with a hate crime is okay, while a black criminal who committed a crime against a white is just a criminal, and the crime wasn't motivated by race?****? This is just plain wrong: either prosecute everybody with a hate crime charge or just drop the whole hate crime legislation. It's obviously one-sided.
The definition of a hate crime-"Any act of intimidation, harassment, physical force or threat of physical force directed against any person, or gamely, or their property or advocate, motivated either in whole or in part by hostility to their real or perceived race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation, with the intention of causing fear or intimidation, or to deter the free exercise or enjoyment of any rights or privileges secured by the Constitution or the laws of the United State of California whether or not performed under color of law.

When hate violence is punishable under a criminal statute it is a hate crime. It should be noted that civil statutes (as opposed to criminal statutes) may provide relief for some types of hate violence."

Just because the race of the individuals involved is different, does not make it a hate crime. In your first scenario, if the individuals targeted the couples because of their race, it should indeed be a hate crime. However, it does have to fit the federal definition. And the questions would be asked: Did these individuals actively show hatred to a different race before the attack? Did they belong to any organizations that targeted specific racial groups? Questions such as these are typically asked before the hate crime tag is applied.

In your second scenario, the victim is in the wrong place at the wrong time, the suspects did not actively go trolling for someone of a different race to assault. And if you think that oppression is not still continuing (especially after you read the racist posts on threads such as this), you have your head in the sand.

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