It was a tragedy that took the life of James Craig Anderson when two teenagers who were making an illegal beer run decided to mow him over with their car.
Mississippi police are dubbing it a hate crime because the two teens were white, while Anderson was black. Although a lack of justice has thus far been brought against the teenagers, the public seems to be more interested in battling out the racial issue over the internet.
Blogs, chat rooms, social networking sites, and forums are ablaze with messages about racist white people and their aversion to black individuals. This incident has sparked an age-old debate and anger amongst people of every ethnicity and culture because they can’t stand that maybe their race is despised by another. It’s a racial issue that never seems to end and the media is perpetuating the hatred by dubbing one race killing another as a hate crime.
It could possibly be a hate crime, yes, but where is the desire to see justice for James Craig Anderson outside of race? Where is the desire to see these two teens sentenced to the fullest extent of the law simply because they’re bad people and perhaps Anderson was a good person? There is speculation that one of the teens was robbed by a black man a few weeks prior to the murder and decided to take revenge out on an innocent.
If the court system decides to convict the two teenagers of a hate crime, they’ll receive the maximum hate crime penalty; which in the state of Mississippi is only half of the homicide conviction. Some would think this tragedy might evoke rational discussions about racial issues, but instead it’s set a fire under the idiots who will use the race card whenever the opportunity arises.