I’m not Seeing the Hate Crimes Enhancer

A woman was assaulted while playing the saxophone outside Summer Fest. Why? Because she was playing Minnie The Moocher, a jazz/blues song, and three African-American women didn’t think “a white girl” could play that song. So they hit her. Repeatedly.

Three women were cited for disorderly conduct, and one of them for assault and battery. Is seems to me like when an attacker specifically identifies your race as the reason they are attacking you, there isn’t much more you can ask for to prove racial motivation. If we are going to have enhancers for hate crimes, why were they not applied to this case?


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