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Hate Crime

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Charitable Giving
Is this a Republican or a Democrat donation?

Of the 500 million pieces of mail processed and delivered by the United States Postal Service each day, many are solicitations from non-profit organizations. In fact, if you’re above a certain age and have been an active donor to non-profits in the past, there is a good chance much of your daily mail constitutes such appeals. To help donors intelligently navigate among so many requests, online tools are available that rate charities based on financial health, transparency, and accountability. One of these services, however, has decided to include in the information it presents on its website evaluating specific non-profits, highly questionable material that is far more ideological message than a legitimate fact about the organization’s not-for-profit work.

GuideStar is one of the more popular charity ranking tools. However, this well-known site is now placing its credibility at risk by partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in slapping a “warning” label to charity profiles on its site that SPLC has “flagged as a hate group.” The red label, featured top and center on 46 charity profiles, is the first thing a visitor sees when landing on its page; even GuideStar’s own “Silver Award” noting a charity’s commitment to transparency is not given the visibility of this new warning. Absent from the site is any explanation as to is why GuideStar believes the charity warrants such a bold and negative warning.

In fact, the warning links the visitor only to SPLC’s overdramatic “extremist files” page, warning about “anti-gay zealots,” “white nationalists,” the alternative right, and anti-government movements. It is hardly an objective analysis for an organization like GuideStar supposedly both objective and neutral in its ratings.

To be sure, some organizations the SPLC identifies with its nebulous “hate group” label deserve it; there is no question that white supremacist organizations like the Aryan Brotherhood are groups driven by nothing except hate. On the other hand, organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), appear on the list for no reason other than their support for political agendas opposed by the SPLC.

The SPLC is, of course, free to offer whatever political opinion or label it wishes against groups with whom it disagrees; and, the Center certainly has developed a knack for doing so. Karl Zinsmeister, writing at Philanthropy Roundtable, described SPLC as a “cash-collecting machine” that uses its extremist list as a “political tool,” while directing only a fraction of its revenue to its original mission as a legal aid organization. The Center’s use of fearmongering rhetoric is obvious to anyone familiar with its history. What is less obvious is why GuideStar blindly follows SPLC’s guidance on these matters, rather than conducting its own independent analysis on why such a label may be warranted.

To wriggle out of this irresponsibility, GuideStar adds a vacuous caveat to its hate group banner, stating they “leave it to you to come to your own conclusions.”

As GuideStar should, and likely does know, appearances in fundraising can make all the difference to potential donors. Fundraisers regularly test millions upon millions of fundraising letters to where even the slightest details of an envelope are designed to improve the chance that the recipient will open it. But it does not take a direct mail expert to predict how a red banner with “hate group” scrawled across it will impact potential donors.

This is likely the intent of the SPLC — to deprive groups like FRC and FAIR of funding; but GuideStar should not be a participant in such an ideologically-motivated game. At least, not so long as it claims to be neutral in its assessments of non-profit organizations based on metrics potential supporters actually care about, like how much of their money will be spent on the charitable programs to which they are donating.

Perhaps GuideStar is drinking social justice Kool-Aid like the hip “woke” kids on the Left, or maybe it earnestly believes these labels make a difference. Regardless of motive, GuideStar is abusing the trust charity supporters place in it by launching an uninspired and lazily conceived response to the ongoing debate about “hate speech” in the public space. And, whether they intended or not, this hackneyed feature is blatantly partisan, and biased against conservative organizations for reasons completely outside the scope of GuideStar’s mission. As the adage goes, “keep it simple, stupid.” GuideStar should stick to the basics of what it does, and leave politics to the SPLC and others who have made it an art form.

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What is now being called a hate crime, authorities are investigating a vicious, unprovoked attack on a white couple after they recalled what the attacker said to them. As the couple were driving back to their home in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, from Florida, the attack happened at a gas station in Rutherglen, Virginia.

According to the couple, they pulled over to a gas station where they were confronted by a black woman, Angela Jones, who started screaming racial insults. She also scratched at them before taking out a carpenter hammer.

“I hear this lady, two pump islands over yelling something about a message. I’m like I don’t know who she’s talking to,” Bob said to a local news station. He requested their last names to not be disclosed for security reasons.

The woman then reportedly began to attack Bob.

“A young black woman gets in my face and starts yelling, you got a message from me you got a message for me with your fancy car, and fancy boat,” Bob added. “She’s punching at me, she’s spitting. Her hand came up, my glasses go flying, and she was starting to scratch the hell out of my face.”

Kathy, his wife, saw the attack from inside the store at the gas station and immediately went to help her husband, only to get attacked herself.

Kathy says she heard the woman scream, “I’m so sick of you white!”

The couple alleged that the woman got a hammer from her car and began hitting their car and boat, causing damage.

“She called my wife a white (expletive) and spit in her face,” Bob recounted. “She said, ‘I’ve got something in my car that I can put a hole in your boat.’ I thought it was a gun, but thank God it wasn’t. It was a carpenter hammer.”

The woman then drove off, but the couple were quick enough to get a picture of her car. Police eventually identified her as Angela Jones from Newark, New Jersey, and posted an arrest warrant for her. Authorities said that they were investigating the incident as a case of hate crime and Jones had been arrested on Wednesday.

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In what local police are describing as a “hate crime”, a group of six black men descended on two white men returning to their car after attending a Garth Brooks concert in Salt Lake City this past Sunday – a fight that began over a Confederate flag bumper sticker affixed to car owned by one of the victims.

A bystander used a cell phone to record the event as the attackers beat one victim unconscious and injured a second in an unprovoked and brutal assault that police believe could be a hate crime under Utah law.

The truck, which belonged to one victim who was not named, was parked outside a Red Lion hotel where the two were staying to attend the concert.

The second victim, Kelly Leeper, said he looked out the window of his hotel room to see the group of blacks near his friend’s truck. Leeper said that there was $50,000 worth of welding equipment in the back of the truck and that he and his friend went to the parking lot to confront the group.

The decision to check on the truck and the presence of a Confederate flag decal on the vehicle turned the confrontation violent.

“The point is it’s my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want.” “If I want to fly the Confederate flag, it’s my right.” “I’ll be damned if I ever come to Salt Lake again without bringing my gun,” Leeper said.

The cell phone video of the attack was turned over to Salt Lake City Police along with a partial plate number that another witness at the scene wrote down as the attackers fled.

“Somebody thought to get a plate number as well and that’s really going to help in this case,” Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden said. “I think we’ll probably be able to track down that vehicle.”

Police also said that getaway vehicle had a temporary Utah license tag that would make the hunt for the suspects easier. The getaway car was described as a silver two-door car with the partial plate 9-7-S-20.

Leeper said the fight turned racial with slurs going both ways by the time the attack ended.

“It could potentially be a hate crime,” Heiden said. “We’ll then present all that to the district attorney who will make that final determination.”

Police report that both Leeper and his friend suffered cuts and bruises but neither were seriously hurt. Salt Lake City officers are asking for help identifying the men in the video and locating the car involved. Anyone with information related to the crime is asked to call Salt Lake City police at (801) 799-3000.

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Black Lives Matter protestors at the University of Delaware found out an alleged hate crime on campus wasn’t real–but they’ve decided to protest it anyway.

Last week, some students reported that nooses were hanging from a tree on campus–an apparent hate crime. They reported their findings to campus police officers.

But after an investigation, it turns out those “nooses” weren’t actually nooses at all–they were the leftover metal wiring that had held paper lanterns at an event over the summer.

Which should be case-closed–unless you’re students at the University of Delaware, who decided that even though a hate crime actually didn’t happen, they’re just going to go ahead and pretend it did anyway.

“Diversity isn’t something UD can say it’s already achieved because it hasn’t,” said one of the protestors, sophomore Anima Agyeman. “You can’t fulfill a multicultural requirement with a history of fashion class… it’s about teaching an experience.”

That sentiment was echoed by Ayanna Gill, one of the Black Lives Matter organizers. “We are here today because we’re not returning hate with hate. But this is not the end.”

It’s not exactly clear what Gill thinks isn’t at “the end,” considering no hate crime actually took place–this was a completely innocent leftover festival decoration that those on the liberal Left in Black Lives Matter looked at, and assumed the worst.

Unfortunately, University of Delaware’s administration refuses to come to their senses too–Carol Henderson, the university’s vice provost of diversity, stood strong with the protestors.

“We hear you. We see you,” Henderson said, at the rally. “We need to walk arm in arm with them and say ‘I am concerned because you are concerned.'”

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A young gay man in Delta, Utah, Rick Jones, was the victim of several attacks beginning in April, including Jones having the words “DIE FAG” carved on him.

In a familiar plot twist, Jones is the latest leftist to be “outed” as attacking himself to generate media coverage, sympathy, and thousands of dollars.

The series of attacks began in May and continued into June, with Jones sporting facial injuries in addition to the carving on his arm. His family’s pizza shop was broken into and burglarized, their home vandalized. In a particularly violent episode, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window of the Jones residence.

Rick Jones told media outlets that he believed he was being targeted because he is homosexual. The local community poured out sympathy while the Salt Lake City media covered the story. Jones started a GoFundMe account in mid-June, and it garnered nearly $12,000 in donations.

This week, the police investigation concluded that inconsistencies in the evidence of their hate crime investigation pointed toward Jones himself as the perpetrator, and he subsequently confessed to the crimes. He now faces charges of filing a false report and arson.

To recap: Jones beat himself up, to include smashing his own face. He carved a slur onto his own body. He vandalized his parent’s home and business. He stole $1,000 from his parents’ business. He threw a Molotov cocktail into his own bedroom.

After all that, Jones’ lawyer had the audacity to claim that Jones’ actions sent a “good message,” and that Jones demonstrated “good evidence of the difficulties members of the gay community deal with.”

Come again?

Jones victimized everyone who believed his story, from the media to the people donating to his GoFundMe to people who simply expressed messages of support and sympathy. He incited public outrage about a cause that doesn’t even exist.

Jones is far from the first leftist, or gay activist, to resort to fake harassment to bolster support.

In 2011, for example, a UNC student claimed he was attacked and branded on his wrist as an act of gay bashing. His police report was in fact complete fabrication.

A lesbian ex-Marine waitress faked a credit card receipt in 2013, posting an image online that showed a couple refused to tip her because of her sexual orientation.

This fake harassment isn’t confined to the gay movement either. In the dust up over the GamerGate controversy, for example, leftists crusaders like Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu have repeatedly been caught using fake forum accounts to harass themselves online.

Sarkeesian also used fake harassment tactics to try to get Utah State University to disobey the state’s gun laws last year. She was a scheduled speaker, and cancelled her speech because open carry is allowed on campus. The FBI investigated the threats made against Sarkeesian before the speech and found them “not credible.” There is evidence Sarkeesian faked those threats too.

This is a pattern that has been successful for the left, or else people wouldn’t keep doing it. Jones, Sarkeesian, and others become national symbols of “courage,” “diversity,” and “tolerance” when in fact they are petty criminals desperately seeking relevance.

As long as they keep getting what they want, and as long as we don’t prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, expect these frauds to continue.

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