The internet has been on fire for the last couple days over the four Chicago teens that kidnapped and tortured a young mentally ill white male. The black teens are Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24. Covington, obviously not a teen. The victim, a young white male who is currently unidentified, was bound and gagged, beaten, cut and berated, all while his attackers were yelling “f**k white people” and “f**k Donald Trump.” They did this while live streaming it on Facebook.
This is clearly a case where the victim’s “white privilege” has caught up with him.
In an unexpected twist, the Chicago Police Department has decided to charge the four assailants with hate crimes, even though they were initially hesitant to do so. I say it’s an unexpected twist because the charge of a hate crime is historically reserved for white on black crimes. Along with hate crimes, the four assailants are also being charged with aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Presumably, the suspects are being charged with state and/or local hate crime ordinances right now. However, federal law also allows for the prosecution of hate crimes so it is conceivable the federal government could get involved in future charges.
As expected, some in the arena of the political left, have refused to even entertain the idea of this heinous act being a hate crime. Symone Sanders, a CNN commentator, said “That is not a hate crime,” “Hate crimes are because of a person’s racial ethnicity, their religion, their gender, a disability, it isn’t your political leanings, because someone doesn’t like your political leanings and they do something bad to you, that is not a hate crime.” Apparently, Ms. Sanders missed where the assailants were yelling “f**k white people.”