In another episode of “your daily dose of white privilege,” three white students at California’s San Jose State University avoided hate crime charges after putting a bike lock around a black student’s neck, attempting to lock him in a closet, and referring to him as “three-fifths” of a person, atrocities that apparently were not enough for a jury to find them guilty on anything past misdemeanor battery charges.
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As first reported by San Jose Mercury News, Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner, 21, was convicted of misdemeanor battery, along with two other white men, Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren. A jury consisting of six men and six women were supposedly deadlocked on the hate crime charges.
The three assailants committed a series of crimes in 2013 against Donald Williams, a 17 year old black freshman at the time. Among many injustices, it is reported that they forced him to wear a U-shaped bike lock around his neck, attempted to lock him in a closet, and repeatedly abused him with racial slurs.
As is the case with most victims of hate crimes, the bullying went unreported, and only became known after Williams’ parents visited him and noticed a confederate flag hanging in their shared dorm, along with a slew of racial slurs.
Taking a cue from the playbook of, well, every racist white person everywhere since the beginning of time, Beaschler naturally argued that the flag was displayed as a symbol of states rights and NOT white supremacy, according to Mercury News.
Similarly, the swastika and other Nazi symbols written on a dry erase board were just jokes to lighten the mood of this uptight, PC culture that’s been forced on him.
Lastly, none of them are racist because one of them once dated a black girl. This is all just a big misunderstanding!
LaDoris Cordell, a former judge and head of San Jose University’s task force on racial discrimination, expressed total dismay for the jury’s findings:
“I am saddened that 12 jurors could not agree that calling a black male ‘Three-fifths’ or ‘Fraction,’ or forcing a lock around his neck, or creating an environment promoting racism with Confederate memorabilia, or hearing how this young man was humiliated, amounted to a hate crime,” Cordell, who is black, told the publication. “This verdict demonstrates that we are a long way from living in a post-racist America.”
Of the 12-person jury, not a single members was black.
Since so many people in the assailants socioeconomic, racial, and cultural demographic (ie, white middle class from the ‘burbs) love to lament this awful PC culture that’s supposedly ripping up America, decry the fouls of “reverse racism” and claim that immigrants and minorities have it made, one has to wonder:
What kind of sentencing would Donald Williams and two black friends be looking at if they displayed racial separatism posters around their suite, tied up Mr. Bomgardner, referred to him every day as whitey, threw a bike lock around his neck, subsequently arrested upon discovery, and then finally left to be tried by an all-white jury.
Yeah, I’ll just leave that one right there.