Screaming 'I Hate White People' Before Decking Random White Woman 'Not A Hate Crime'

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Jul. 06, 2016

Screaming "I hate white people" before punching a random white woman in the face is not evidence of a racially motivated attack, at least if you take the word of Provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten.

From the Calgary Herald:
Van Harten, in a written decision, said Tamara Crowchief's motivation for striking Lydia White was not related to racial bias.

Crown prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan, who had sought a sentence of 12 to 15 months, argued Crowchief’s unprovoked attack last Nov. 1, amounted to a hate crime.

[...]"The offender said, 'I hate white people' and threw a punch," Van Harten said in his ruling.

"There is no evidence either way about what the offender meant or whether . . . she holds or promotes an ideology which would explain why this assault was aimed at this victim," he said.

"I am not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this offence was, even in part, motivated by racial bias."
I have to agree with the judge, if we exclude what she actually said, there's simply no evidence either way.



Here's how the crime went down:
White was outside Jaimieson's pub on 17th Avenue S.W., with a friend when an acquaintance of Crowchief's approached and asked for, and was given, a cigarette.

As White and her male friend spoke to that woman, Crowchief approached and, without warning, yelled "I hate white people" and punched her in the face, knocking out a tooth.

Crowchief and the woman then walked away, but White and her friend followed and called police, who arrived a short time later and arrested the offender.

During her arrest, Crowchief told police "the white man was out to get her."
Lydia White said, "I don't understand why this woman did this."

"I never did anything to her. Never even spoke to her."

Well Lydia, neither does the judge, but we do know for certain her saying, "I hate white people" and exclaiming whites are "out to get her" had absolutely nothing to do with her motivation.

I guess the motive for this crime will forever remain a mystery!


Justice in Canada: Now literally blind... and deaf.

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