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Possibly. A possible hate crime.

Shouted slurs.

Rope around his neck.

MAGA country.

But: Possibly.

Why can't we call things what they are?

They never say a Black suspect possibly robbed someone.
They rarely say we possibly had marijuana somewhere that it's still illegal.

Or that we possibly did not do crimes we are accused of ---unless it's a crime against Black children.
It's basically illegal to be Black in this damn country and you know what's possible?

That we'll possibly die at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect us.

And probably be unfairly harassed.
Fuck this whole Titantic I hope it possibly falls into the possible ocean and puts us out of our gatdamn misery.
He was also called homophobic slurs. It was a hate crime.

If they steal your iPhone they don't call it an alleged theft, they call it a theft.

If you are killed and there is a witness & evidence, they say you were murdered, even if they don't know by whom.
Even when they are NOT sure if a Black person committed a crime they will certainly put the police sketch on TV if there is a BOLO.

Then they stop EVERY Black man. I have brothers, cousins, a father, friends, lovers I know.
There is doubt about the crime if the victim is Black.

There is certainty about a crime if the victim if the suspect is Black.

Let's all live in reality.
And yes it was a hate crime. They attackef him because he was gay.

They called him the F word for gay people.

And for being Black, they used the N word & tied a noose around his neck.
If you've never been called one of those words by more people than you could fight alone when no one else was around?

I suggest you stand down.
People don't do that with love it because they are hungry or in the course of committing another crime.
It's pure hate. And that's part of WHY there is hate crime legislation in the first place.

At least, to the extent that harsher punishment discourages people from committing crimes they would not otherwise commit.
Maybe if you don't think what happened to #JussieSmollett is a #HateCrime you don't understand what they are.

At least that's my hope.

Because otherwise you'te saying you don't take him at his word. And what's wrong with his word?
@threadreaderapp please unroll this long ass thread
*or the victim if the suspect is Black
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