You need to go read the actual wording of a hate crime law. Most people haven't read such a thing, so they post reams of bull crap based opinions on the subject matter.I bet if this was a black kid that had shot & killed a white kid for sleeping with his girlfriend then the black panther racist group would be wanting the black kid to get a slap on the wrist because they would blame it on the white kid. This just goes to show the double standard that we are living in today. All crimes are committed out of hate, it does not matter what color you are.
To start out, the RACE of the accused isn't even mentioned in the elements of a hate crime. Secondly, only a dunce says, "I killed that man BECAUSE I thought he was gay, or black or Catholic, or Socialist, or Italian!". That's about the only way a person can get convicted of a hate crime is if they open their own stupid mouths when they commit the crime.
Like I said, poeple arguing about hate crime laws are typically fully ignorant as to the wording of the statute itself, find the law and read it first before yaking about and save yourself a ton of frustration besides.