Upset over vehicle damage is understandable.
But filing a hate crime report because bumper stickers were defaced? Uh, not so much. What a waste of energy. (Don’t get us wrong – it’s TERRIBLE that someone would deface anything with such a hateful Nazi symbol.)
Read about it here where Chris Hartman claims… well… you’ll roll your eyes.
Here’s the press release Hartman put out hyping it up:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Chris Hartman, Director
5:30 p.m. ET Media Call to Discuss Hate Crime/Vandalism at ACLU/Fairness Dinner Saturday Night
WHAT: A media conference call will be held to discuss a hate crime/vandalism–involving Nazi symbolism–at Saturday evening’s ACLU-KY/Fairness Campaign Dinner held at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. ET
All that hype over a “hate crime” – and it was a damn bumper sticker hit with a Sharpie. And a car scratched on its side because someone either hit him or because he doesn’t know how to park. (Unless he provides evidence to the contrary, you know how this ends.)
This is not a hate crime. Being beaten to death like Matthew Shephard? That’s a hate crime.
This was an abuse of power when Hartman notified the press of a news conference on a Sunday evening. No one in their right mind would do such a thing unless it was of earth shattering importance.
It’s demeaning. It’s petty. It makes it more difficult for actual hate crimes to be taken seriously.