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Back on March 27, 2012, I blogged:

Here we go again …

They never learn, do they?

Just a week ago, the New York Times was explaining how the upcoming French election would be affected by how immigration-restrictionist talk had inspired that neo-Nazi to kill those Jewish kids in Toulouse.

Then, it was all about all the time how an evil white racist had hunted down and murdered in cold-blood cuddly 12-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Here’s the Daily Mail’s capacious account of the current state of a story that is hard to get in one piece from the American press.)

Now, splashed big on the New York Times today:

Iraqi Immigrants in California Town Fear a Hate Crime in a Woman’s Killing
By IAN LOVETT and WILL CARLESS

EL CAJON, Calif. — Shaima Alawadi’s family says they found the first note taped to the front door of their house on a quiet suburban street here. It said: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist,” according to her 15-year-old son, Mohammed.

Ms. Alawadi’s husband, Kassim Alhimidi, says he wanted to call the police. But his wife said no, insisting the note was only a child’s prank. Like many others in the neighborhood, the couple were immigrants from Iraq. In 17 years in the United States, they had been called terrorists before, he said.

But last Wednesday, Ms. Alawadi was found in the family’s dining room by her 17-year-daughter, lying unconscious in a puddle of blood with a severe head wound. Nearby lay another threatening note, similar to the one the family found a week earlier.

Ms. Alawadi, 32, died three days later. The police caution against jumping to conclusions, saying they are still trying to determine whether she was targeted because of her religion or ethnicity, calling that just one possibility.

Yes, 32 minus 17 equals 15.

… Whatever the police eventually determine, the crime has shattered the sense of security for Iraqi immigrants in El Cajon, exposing cultural tensions and distrust that have often simmered just below the surface since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

I dunno. Maybe the El Cajon Klan did it. It could be.

On the other hand, does this sound like a normal hate crime? Compare it to a typical hate crime, such as the assault on blogger Matthew Yglesias last May: man walking alone after dark through another racial group’s neighborhood gets beaten up by a couple of strangers. No notes are left.

So, does this suburban San Diego story strike you as a little dubious? The local hate crimeists don’t start with say, graffiti or window-breaking, they go right to home invasion and murdering a housewife, but not raping her. And, then, instead of burning a fiery cross, they leave a note. Okay, I suppose …

The ABC News report made it clearer what Chief Redman’s statement that he believed this was “an isolated incident, means:

“Police declined to elaborate, but crime experts said that usually suggests the victim knows the attacker.”

So, why is the New York Times making a big deal over a police blotter item from 3,000 miles away?

Especially because by giving their international credence to the hate crime supposition, they might spark who knows what kind of violence among hot-heads in Iraq?

It could be that this is some hate conspiracy. But it sure sounds like the cops know more than they are telling, so why didn’t the New York Times wait until they found out what the cops know that they don’t yet know before splashing this big?

Today, the AP reports:

Husband of slain Iraqi woman gets 26 years to life

Associated Press By JULIE WATSON

3 hours ago

EL CAJON, California (AP) — A California judge sentenced an Iraqi immigrant Monday to 26 years-to-life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating — an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.

I’d don’t recall “authorities” ever believing it was a hate crime. I just recall the New York Times splashing the story heavily as the Hoped-For Immigrant Trayvon. Other media outlets like ABC and the L.A. Times behaved in a more responsible and skeptical fashion.

Prosecutors said Alhimidi lied to police about the state of his marriage and hid the fact that his wife was seeking a divorce and planned to move to Texas. His wife’s relative also overheard Alhimidi apologize to his wife as she lay dying in a hospital, according to the prosecution.

Alhimidi’s daughter, Fatima, did not attend the sentencing but sent a statement that was read in court in which she told her father: “What I saw scarred me for life.”

She added: “It disgusts me that you made this look like a hate crime.”

The 18-year-old is now taking care of her two younger sisters in El Cajon, while the two sons are living in Texas, her brother, Mohammed, said after the hearing.

After being sentenced, Alhimidi yelled out that he would prefer to be sentenced to death and donate his organs.

Alhimidi’s outbursts stopped the proceedings several times during his trial. He shook his head and wagged his finger as jurors delivered the guilty verdict in April.

His sons shouted in his defense, with one yelling obscenities before several deputies wrestled him out of the courtroom.

His son, Mohammed, who tattooed a drawing of a woman in a hijab on his arm in honor of his mother, told reporters Monday that he struggled at the time to believe his father had killed his mother.

 
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  1. “I’d don’t recall “authorities” ever believing it was a hate crime.”

    In this context “authorities” boils down to the SPLC, New York Times, the LA Times, and the MSM elite in general.

  2. Cue Jonathan Haidt. These people believe their own caricatures. Ever see an episode of Cold Case? Meredith Stiehm’s scripts, Times articles, same genre.

  3. France is now undergoing a ritual soul searching because a Gypsy, excuse me, Roma kid got beaten up. Hate crime, natch. I think it was a gang thing.

  4. A British journalist, I forget his name, recently captured it perfectly: The problem with racism is that the demand exceeds the supply.

  5. Yes, 32 minus 17 equals 15.

    They had been in the country for 17 years, so perhaps the daughter was an anchor baby into the bargain?

  6. Cue Jonathan Haidt. These people believe their own caricatures. Ever see an episode of Cold Case? Meredith Stiehm’s scripts, Times articles, same genre.

    The most laughable Cold Case i remember was this I twofer: The crime led back to the Catholic Church who was giving orphans to the DoD for secret radiation experiments.

  7. Wow, Steve has some kind of weird clairvoyance. How could you see THAT coming?

    No doubt that NY Times will run an equally prominent story about the husband’s conviction. 😉

  8. I think the daughter actually knew. From the start. Recall her teary interview she gave on TV right after the events. Her outrage was clearly made up and she obviously never believed that it was a hate crime.

  9. Yes, good call Steve. Although the odds were on your side. Seemingly every single “hate crime” is a hoax so with your love of numbers you could figure that one out. Seriously, when is the last legit hate crime on a minority committed by a white? I’m honestly curious.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    There are genuine vicious white on black hate crimes: I can remember a couple of years ago some white teens being convicted of murdering some probably gay black guy they picked out for thrills. It got very little publicity, however, in part because the secret sauce of hate crimes that makes such a huge percentage of the most publicized ones hoaxes is either:

    - They have to take place at some highly implausible location, like Oberlin College.

    - Or there needs to be some hook of injustice, such as the cops not immediately lynching George Zimmerman on the spot. Today, knowing all we know now, we know that the local cops handled the Trayvon tragedy quite reasonably. But the media, not knowing anything, was drawn to portraying it as White Privilege Gunning Black Babies, etc. etc., which made it more of a fiasco.

  10. Julie wrote of “an attack that initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime.”

    Hunsdon said: When you beat someone to death? That’s a hate crime.

  11. That reminds me: remember how the Sanford, Florida police chief, Bill Lee, was fired from his job as hysteria was whipped up by the media in the months following the shooting of Trayvon Martin? Lee was fired because his initial reaction was that it was a justified shooting and there was no need to charge George Zimmerman. Since it turns out that Lee was entirely correct, does he get his old job back with back pay, or is that kind of treatment reserved for blacks who failed the fireman’ exam in NYC?

    Liberals love “To Kill A Mockingbird.” What’s funny is that they see themselves as Atticus Finch, but actually they’re the lynch mob.

  12. @Danindc
    Yes, good call Steve. Although the odds were on your side. Seemingly every single "hate crime" is a hoax so with your love of numbers you could figure that one out. Seriously, when is the last legit hate crime on a minority committed by a white? I'm honestly curious.

    There are genuine vicious white on black hate crimes: I can remember a couple of years ago some white teens being convicted of murdering some probably gay black guy they picked out for thrills. It got very little publicity, however, in part because the secret sauce of hate crimes that makes such a huge percentage of the most publicized ones hoaxes is either:

    – They have to take place at some highly implausible location, like Oberlin College.

    – Or there needs to be some hook of injustice, such as the cops not immediately lynching George Zimmerman on the spot. Today, knowing all we know now, we know that the local cops handled the Trayvon tragedy quite reasonably. But the media, not knowing anything, was drawn to portraying it as White Privilege Gunning Black Babies, etc. etc., which made it more of a fiasco.

  13. anon • Disclaimer says:

    “Seriously, when is the last legit hate crime on a minority committed by a white? I’m honestly curious.”

    Several years ago (just looked up: Aug ’11) there were some white Mississippi high school kids who spent a night drinking. Early in the morning they drove into town, singled out a random black guy, and ran him over killing him. Was all caught on a hotel parking lot surveillance camera.

    Universally condemned by everyone. Against the wishes of the DA, the victim’s family insisted on no death penalty for religious/moral reasons.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Several years ago (just looked up: Aug ’11) there were some white Mississippi high school kids"

    Yes, that's the one I was thinking of. I'm sure there are others ... One in Illinois about a year ago?

    But the stories that get a lot of national media coverage usually turn into fiascos because some depressing story of small town morons doing something vicious and then getting caught and duly punished doesn't stoke what the media wants.

  14. @anon
    "Seriously, when is the last legit hate crime on a minority committed by a white? I’m honestly curious."

    Several years ago (just looked up: Aug '11) there were some white Mississippi high school kids who spent a night drinking. Early in the morning they drove into town, singled out a random black guy, and ran him over killing him. Was all caught on a hotel parking lot surveillance camera.

    Universally condemned by everyone. Against the wishes of the DA, the victim's family insisted on no death penalty for religious/moral reasons.

    “Several years ago (just looked up: Aug ’11) there were some white Mississippi high school kids”

    Yes, that’s the one I was thinking of. I’m sure there are others … One in Illinois about a year ago?

    But the stories that get a lot of national media coverage usually turn into fiascos because some depressing story of small town morons doing something vicious and then getting caught and duly punished doesn’t stoke what the media wants.

  15. But the stories that get a lot of national media coverage usually turn into fiascos because some depressing story of small town morons doing something vicious and then getting caught and duly punished doesn’t stoke what the media wants.

    The Howard Beach incident (1986) got a lot of attention, though it fits the above description. As did the killing of Yusuf Hawkins (1989).

  16. I remember the story of the Mississippi white kids running over the black made the front page of the NYTimes, at least the online version. Another thing I recall is that there might have been a drug angle in that particular case that got swept under the rug.

  17. So 3 years ago. How about one before that? Does it average 1 every 3 years? James Byrd. Emmit Till. Some Italian kids in jersey 20 years ago. There has to be others.

  18. eah says:

    Who says immigrants don’t assimilate? This guy picked up on the value of blaming whitey.

    hate conspiracy

    Actually, the “hate conspiracy” is that between those groups who continue to flood America with Iraqis etc etc — all manner of unsuitable (and largely unwanted) people. As if America’s historic demographic makeup had no value. As if the country’s main purpose was to serve as a dumping ground for the world’s human flotsam.

    Refugee Resettlement Watch — a great blog.

  19. A niqab’d Saudi was recently murdered in the UK. The media assumed it was a ‘hate crime’ despite the lack of any evidence.

    Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2661449/Woman-attacked-killed-walked-footpath-targeted-wearing-Muslim-robes.html
    Followed by a sort of retraction – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2663759/UK-police-probe-slaying-Saudi-woman-Britain.html

  20. Paul Weston on the media reaction to the murder of the Saudi student, and its incitement of hatred against non-Muslims – http://www.alternative-right.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-liberal-left-incites-religious_22.html#more

  21. Rob says:

    Crimes presumed to be white-on-non-white are the only ones where anyone even attempts to classify them as “hate crimes” (not that the term has much validity – does every violent attacker not hate his victim?) As for the vast number of attacks by non-whites on whites, nobody in the media cares what the motive might be.

  22. Let’s see: Mom was 32 when she was killed, the daughter is now 18, so the daughter was born when mom was 17. Dad is 50, so doing a little back-of-the-cocktail-napkin math, that adds up to a 32 year old man having sex with a 16 year old girl. Probably quite common in Iraqi culture. And the heavy concentration of Iraqis in El Cajon probably meant that no one in the neighborhood thought it was a big deal, and so did not bother to report it to the authorities.

    Also, while the chief of police may have been compelled to make some perfunctory statement about “hate crimes,” the detectives investigating the murder probably never gave any more than a few seconds consideration to the idea that it could be anyone but a family member, most likely the dad.

  23. The AP is really covering itself in glory this week.

  24. “there are genuine vicious white on black hate crimes”

    Here’s another:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Turks

    Never got press. I have always thought that this was what created Al Sharpton. Howard Beach & Hawkins were more territorial, although deplorable. This was totally unprovoked, a true hate crime.

  25. We used to just call these things “crimes”. “Hate-crime” is a category invented by the left to use as a battering ram against traditional white european civilization. I do not recognize such a thing, nor do I use the term, any more than I use the term “trans-gendered”.

  26. What is interesting is the differing reactions of the sons and daughters … Does having only one X chromosome make you support your father, or is there some interesting genetics in Iraq?

  27. What happened with the case of Alfred Wright, a black guy married to a white woman and found dead last November in Texas? When I first read about this it sure looked like the press was hoping for a hate crime.

  28. My favorite is how school shootings are automatically national news. Where was it, recently? Seattle? Some kid goes into a school and kills one kid and then himself, IIRC.

    That’s national news. Why? Because the gun-grabbing media has made it into news.

    Erase the 2nd Amendment “for the children!”

  29. We used to just call these things “crimes”. “Hate-crime” is a category invented by the left to use as a battering ram against traditional white european civilization. I do not recognize such a thing, nor do I use the term, any more than I use the term “trans-gendered”.

    That really is the definition of “hate crime”: crimes the leftist media can use to bash YT.

  30. HA says:

    Does having only one X chromosome make you support your father…

    Why does everything need to be pegged to genetics straightaway? Would it not be enough to opine that some children are simply dumber and more credulous and leave it at that?

    (Hint: consider which one is sporting the tattoo – that’s generally a good tip-off.)

  31. Simon in London – the UK police, immediately the Muslim student was murdered, briefed the media that it was possibly a “hate crime”, but we don’t know if they were responding to a media question (in which case they would have to say that it was a possibility) and the media did the amplification, or whether they volunteered the possibility to get PC brownie points. There was a previous (and similar modus operandi) murder in the area, where IIRC a white pensioner was stabbed multiple times, but that didn’t make the news headlines as a possible racist murder.

  32. I vaguely remember the phrase ‘Howard Beach.’

    But I have a question about what actually constitutes a hate crime.

    I looked up the Willie Turks incident from that link, initially it sounded like a beating death… the kind of thing that whites have done to other whites many times, without something being termed a hate crime. I might add this sort of thing has been done to blacks by other blacks many times as well.

    Now the fact that 20 youths wound up being involved, well that does make you think it had a racial component. But then I think, “You know if everyone had been white, that story wouldn’t have been surprising either.”

    So what is a hate crime? Any kind of inter-racial violence? Does it have to involve numbers greater than one? I haven’t heard of too many armed muggings being called hate crimes.

    Or is it in the eye of the beholder? Kind of like what the Supreme Court Justice defined porn as.

    As far as these things blowing up into a media sensation? Kind of always thought of it as a combination of:

    1) Someone needing to “catapult the propaganda.”
    2) Slow news day and need some filler.
    3) Sheer random chance like an atom decaying and emitting particles and radiation.

  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It was a hate crime but against whites.

    When white women falsely screamed rape in the Old South, that was deemed hateful toward blacks.

    So, all these hoaxes that blame whites are also hate crimes. All these hoaxers should be tried for inciting hatred against whites. There’s no difference between this and falsely accusing some Negroes of rape.

  34. So, all these hoaxes that blame whites are also hate crimes. All these hoaxers should be tried for inciting hatred against whites.

    This is an important point and and liberals should have to address it, not that I expect they would do so with any integrity.

    Ann Althouse once made a similar point: If the particularly bad thing about hate crimes is that they spread fear among a whole race or group, then the hate-crime hoaxer is just as bad as the perpetrator of an actual hate crime, as the race or group still experiences the same fear (or at least we are supposed to believe they do).

  35. “I looked up the Willie Turks incident from that link, initially it sounded like a beating death… ”

    It was.

    “the kind of thing that whites have done to other whites many times,”

    Really?

  36. FBI: 168 kids rescued, 281 pimps nabbed in sex-trafficking crackdown

    Per FBI (but buried on its website) 168 juveniles…..

    Juveniles are under 18. Kids? Includes children.

    There was no discussion of the age distribution of the rescued kids, but I would be shocked if the figure wasn’t primarily 15 to 17 year olds.

    The truth is bad enough. No need to imply that the US is full of children sex slaves. What does this have to do with hate crimes? Not much except it was announced yesterday and is misleading. Or at least misleading to people commenting on the story.

    And, the entire Nick Kristof affair with the imaginary hundreds of thousands of sex slaves in Cambodia. Part of the ‘discovery’ of the Samoly Mam fraud. The evidence was there for anyone who wanted to see: http://www.no-trafficking.org/reports_docs/estimates/uniap_cb_estimates_report.pdf

    121 ‘trafficked’ sex workers under the age of 18. And there are plenty of sex workers over 18, and trafficked people for reasons other than sex.

    Meanwhile, there is a shortage of orphans in Cambodia, so NGO’s have to round up children from the countryside.

    “In Cambodia, less than a quarter of children in orphanages are actual orphans.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/asia/cambodian-activists-fall-exposes-broad-deception.html

    There are enough real problems in Cambodia. This is simply another example of creating a problem that is sensational enough to attract Hollywood Stars and money. And prey on the good intentions of Westerners.

    There is more than enough factual bad news.

  37. Priss Factor [AKA "Skyislander"] says: • Website

    I still think the KKK at Oberlin did the killing.

  38. The word on the street is that Charlie Manson was deeply disturbed by El Cajon’s false flag wannabe:

    “Shaima on you, Kassim”, he said shakily, “your towel-head hack and a total lack of style is an embarrassment for our Helter Skelter community!”
    “And speaking of organ donations, just keep your sphincter in shape; that’s gonna be your soft currency for a survival for the next 26+ years, while you’ll be receiving services provided by CDCR . ”

    Mr. Manson also accused uncontrolled immigration for being directly responsible for the increased rate of such crimes ;
    “You know, it used to be a local…a native born talent to be involved in rape,stabbing and stuff…Now, all these people from some Younameitstan come here and take over our mayhem resources, and it seems that nobody cares.”

    “Take this Kassim as an example, the bozo could have stayed in effin Fallujah, joinin’ some death squad de jour, happily chillin’ and killin’ his friends, neighbors, or tribal countrymen – you know, making a real difference in his own community.
    Instead, the haji rolls his whole sorry sunni-shia baggage over here, and starts family-style hammer-rampage, consequentially framing it on the local white -power community. ( Like they don’t have ’nuff sh*t to deal with, because of their penchant for the U.S. flag waiving on the 4th of July!? )”

    ” Call me Manson-crazy,but I’m telling you that these newcomers are not your grandma’s Sicilians….Yet, you go ask your generic -Flanders neighbor what’s his opinion about MS-13, and the clueless putz will probably gonna tell you that personally he prefers WD-40…
    We are just losing it.’
    “…I mean, domestically only colored are still really trying to keep up with traditional deviancy, but it’s not easy for them neither with all these incentives…like, seriously, why would you beat up the crap of random guy for five bucks when there is steady check in mail every month?….Unless, you’re too legit to quit hobbyist, and do it for the passion and old glory, like these white elephant hunters, which btw I do condemn ’cause of my religion, but otherwise definitely fancy as a concept.”
    “If you are vanilla-skinned and born here, it’s just hard to keep up a good,violence led life-style. Almost like there is some kind of stigma about it. That’s why today many of them, especially older ones choose to do gardening, go to church,maybe join Habitat for Humanity, or even start blogging….”

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