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Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime
Reporting
Kelly McPherson

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ― A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch, and police think it may have been a hate crime.

A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch.

Kelly McPherson explains investigators believe it could be a hate crime.

Imagine waking up to a dead animal hanging on the porch.

“At first, I didn’t know what it was, so I just ran back into the house because it looked like a body. It was really big,” said Sherrie Hicks-Rose, neighbor.

It was the carcass of a large raccoon strung up from the porch rafter with a noose around its neck, blood-drenched.

“I was just thinking in case my door wasn’t locked probably the person was going to hang me and not the raccoon,” said Victoria Vonty, victim.

Baltimore County Police are now investigating this incident because if the person who hung the racoon on the Vonty’s porch intended to intimidate the family for their background or religion, this would be a hate crime.

“This case is a bit unusual. It’s not a normal case of something that we usually see, and that’s why we’re concerned and why we’re following up on this case,” said Lt. McCollough, Baltimore County Police.

The homeowner is originally from Liberia. She told police that her son recently had been in a fight with another boy, but she doesn’t know who could have done this.

“What happened this morning is telling me that somebody’s against me. That’s what it tells me. It’s a sign of communication that this is how I’m going to treat you,” said Vonty.

“We’re not sure what’s going to happen next. If you go as far as to come into someone’s property and hang a dead animal, we don’t know if that’s a message. We don’t know if that’s a threat; we’re not sure,” said Hicks-Rose.

The homeowner says she’s now telling her boys to be home earlier than before. The neighbor believes others in the community should come forward to solve this crime.

http://wjz.com/local/raccoon.hate.crime.2.1667957.html

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FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

April 30, 2010 9:21 PM
Corey Friedman

LOWELL — A hangman’s noose stopped Allen Doug McGee from tying the knot.

Tension that followed the discovery of violent threats scrawled on the side of McGee’s home and a noose and brick left on his front porch strained his relationship with fiancée Cyd McDaniel to the breaking point. She recently gave him his ring back.

“She broke my heart,” McGee said Friday. “I still love the girl. It’s off. It’s done. It’s over.”

The white auto mechanic became the target of vandalism because of his relationship with McDaniel, who is black. Police and federal investigators call the case a hate crime, but more than a month after a hanging stick figure and the words “We will burn you out” were found spray-painted on McGee’s home, no arrests have been made.

“My personal opinion is they’re never going to catch anybody,” McGee said, “because I’m sure whoever it is is going to keep their mouth shut. I hope they do catch whoever done it, I really do.”

On Feb. 23, McGee found a noose, note and brick on his front porch. He said the note stated, “We don’t approve. End it.”

That discovery wasn’t reported to Lowell police until the morning of March 25, after McGee’s then-11-year-old son noticed the graffiti on the side of the house.

Police Chief Mark Buchanan said officers were unable to develop any strong suspects. McGee wasn’t as cooperative as he could have been, he said.

“I think there’s some personal information he doesn’t want to tell us,” said Buchanan. “He knows more than he’ll tell, and it sort of ties our hands.”

McGee maintains that he doesn’t know who wrote the note left with the noose or who vandalized his house. He quickly set straight an FBI agent who expressed similar skepticism.

“They asked me if I knew who it was,” McGee recalled. “I said, ‘No, if I did, I’d be in jail.’”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Charlotte field office requested a copy of the Lowell Police Department incident report two days after the hate crime was reported, Buchanan said.

An FBI agent interviewed McGee April 19 at the Charlotte auto body and paint shop where he works. The mechanic said he spent about an hour with the investigator, who “doesn’t know if there’ll be much more out of it.”

McGee said he’s even done his own sleuthing, but his efforts have turned up more questions than answers. So he’s repainted his house and workshop and is trying to move on with his life.

“I just want it calmed down,” he said. “I want everything to go back to the way it was.”

A sturdy, barrel-chested man with thick arms, McGee isn’t afraid of whoever threatened his life. He warns the “coward” to stay away for his or her own safety.

“Ain’t nobody going to run me out of my house,” he said. “If I catch someone, I’m not going to call the cops. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That’s the way it should be.”

http://www.gastongazette.com/news/lowell-46641-crime-fbi.html

Discrimination and Hate Crime Against Arab Americans

Posted in anti semitism, anti-islamism, effects of stereotyping, identifying against, if you open your eyes, ignorance, ignorance of people, islamophobia, muslim, muslims, racism today, religion with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by sweetangel16175

http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=3388

ADC RELEASES REPORT ON HATE CRIMES AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ARAB AMERICANS


Washington, DC | December 4, 2008 | http://www.adc.org | Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) released the 2003-2007 edition of its “Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans.” This definitive report on the condition of the Arab American community was made possible by The Ford Foundation and The Carnegie Corporation of New York, and can be read at: . www.adc.org/PDF/hcr07.pdfwww.adc.org/PDF/koury.pdf

In simply announcing the release of this report, ADC’s Communications Director received a number of hate email messages. One such message read, “Why do we not hear of these “hate crimes”. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN all are in the pockets of the politically correct. Why not ONE news story? Could it be an overly sensitive Arab population who really doesn’t give a damn about the U.S.S. Cole, 9/11/2001, Khobar Towers? If you folks are so “hated” here why not go back to your own kind? Simple solution and I seriously doubt you’d be missed in this, the greatest of all countries.”

REPORT FINDINGS

The report examines: hate crimes and discrimination; civil liberties concerns; discrimination and bias in primary and secondary educational institutions; discrimination and political harassment campaigns in higher education; defamation in the media; communication and cooperation between community organizations and government agencies; and recommendations for the future.

ADC’s report found that while the rate of violent hate crimes against the community (or those perceived to members of the community) has continued to decline from the immediate post 9/11 surge, but remains elevated from the years prior to 9/11. However, Arab Americans continue to face higher rates of employment discrimination in both the public and private sectors. At the press conference, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Lance Koury, a long-time member of the Alabama National Guard who for years has been subjected to a hostile and abusive work environment shared his story. Read his account here:

Discrimination at airports based on stereotyping, over-zealousness or prejudice by airline personnel or even other passengers is now one of the main sources of discrimination facing Arab-American air travelers. Arab-American travelers face serious issues with border crossing detentions and delays, especially on the U.S.-Canada border.

Arab-American students continue to face significant problems with discrimination and harassment in schools around the country. Arab-American students and faculty have faced increased levels of discrimination and political harassment campaigns, especially involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts by right-wing groups to stifle debate on U.S. foreign policy in academia.

Defamation in popular culture and the media remains a very serious problem facing the Arab-American community. In spite of a far better record from the film and television industry in 2003-2007, defamation spread wildly in the non-fiction world of television, magazines, radio, newspapers and websites. A campaign of relentless vilification against Muslims and Islam has been the single biggest contributor to the collapse in American public opinion of Islam during this period.

Civil liberties concerns remain serious, including the some aspects of the discourse on a homegrown terrorist threat, the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, aspects of the REAL ID Act, secret evidence provisions, warrantless wiretapping and elements of immigration reform, among other issues.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT -It is imperative that the government continues to resist calls for racial or religious profiling, and recognize that counter-terrorism policies based on stigmatizing broad identity groups have failed, and will not provide reliable security in the future.

-Terrorism watch and “no fly” lists should be consolidated and rationalized between all agencies and kept to a manageable size. Effective mechanisms for challenging inclusion or distinguishing between persons supposed to be included as opposed to those with similar names, as well as processes allowing persons routinely falsely caught up with these lists, should be instituted to avoid unnecessary problems.

-The Customs and Border Protection (CBT) agency should create a civil rights division or a similar wing to deal with complaints and concerns, and the government should make every effort to explain customs and border procedures to the public whenever appropriate.

-The government should avoid any form of preventative detention, which has no place in the American legal system.

-All relevant agencies need to take steps to ensure that unnecessary naturalization and immigration status adjustment petitions are not unnecessarily delayed.

-In considering any potential homegrown terrorist threat, Congress and executive branch agencies should take every effort to avoid stigmatizing entire communities.

-Congress should also act to preserve civil liberties by repealing sections of the PATRIOT Act, curbing executive branch excesses such as warrantless wiretapping, and by ensuring that measures such as comprehensive immigration reform and immigration law enforcement generally do not violate the fundamental rights of any individual.

-The leaders of both parties in Congress should ensure that members of the House and Senate do not make bigoted or stereotyping remarks without censure or disciplinary action, whether formal or informal.

-Since this would be the single most positive step that the United States could take in promoting better relations with the Arab world and reversing the alienation between Arab and American societies, American foreign policy should prioritize resolving the conflict in the Middle East by at long last ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state to live alongside Israel in peace.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES
-Secondary and primary schools around the country should ensure that Arab-American students are not subject to any discrimination, abuse or harassment based on their ethnicity and that Arab culture or Islam is not the subject of disparaging or biased characterizations by faculty or in the curricula.

-Universities should protect faculty, especially untenured professors, from politically motivated campaigns of harassment and should resist outside efforts to interfere with tenure and promotion processes plainly designed to enforce political orthodoxy and stifle academic freedom and dissent.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MEDIA

-The entertainment industry should make every effort to continue the pattern of more balanced representations of Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture since the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, and not revert to the unbalanced ethnic stereotyping that characterized earlier decades.

-The news media and publishers should employ a single standard of basic respect for all identity groups and communities regarding commentary that promotes racism, ethnic or religious intolerance and stereotyping. Censorship is unacceptable, but respectable news outlets properly draw limits on the kind of expression they deliberately invite for inclusion in public debates and quite appropriately maintain standards regarding fundamental propriety. Arab Americans and American Muslims should be treated with the same level of respect and decency as all other communities, within the context of a society that properly chooses to maximize the range of free speech. Needless to say, government should play no role in defining these standards and practices.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE ARAB-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

-Arab-American organizations and government agencies should continue to explore all available mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation whenever appropriate.

-Arab Americans should redouble their efforts to organize themselves as a community and engage the political system of our country at every level, both individually and as a collective.

-Arab Americans should expand their efforts at building coalitions with like-minded communities and organizations on all major issues of concern.

-Arab Americans, while vigilant in fighting stereotyping and discrimination, should be sensitive to and vehemently reject any extremism that may emerge from fringe elements within the community.

-Arab American parents should encourage their children to pursue professions in government service and the media if they are so inclined.

-Arab Americans should passionately promote public service within the community, and emphasize that they are proud and enthusiastic Americans when communicating with our fellow citizens.

Clarksburg women charged for hate crime

Posted in black and white, concept of racism, conflict, hate crime, identifying against, kkk, racism, racism and the concept of identifying against, racism exists in the united states, racism in america, racism today, the kkk, the klu klux klan, violence, white supremacy with tags , , , , on November 13, 2008 by sweetangel16175
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Clarksburg police say a white woman wearing a sheet with “KKK” written on it came out of an apartment building and attacked a 15-year-old black girl on Sunday. The woman is expected to be charged with a hate crime, said Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff. Names were not yet being released, he said.

“She came out of the building and was yelling obscenities and racial stuff at the juvenile,” Goff said. “Charges are pending; she could be served as early as tomorrow.”

Goff said police haven’t ruled out the possibility that the woman has mental problems.

The woman slapped the girl and kicked her in the stomach, he said.

The incident happened outside an apartment building on West Pike Street in downtown Clarksburg, he said.

“The girl was visiting a friend with her mother at the apartment building,” Goff said. “It is a very unusual occurrence in this area. It’s something we are not going to tolerate and will prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

Clarksburg Woman Arrested After Racial Incident
Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 ; 06:06 PM


Rebecca Lowe is facing a felony charge. CLARKSBURG — The police have arrested a Clarksburg woman for allegedly yelling racial slurs at a fourteen-year-old black girl.

Officers say the girl was walking past an apartment building on West Pike Street, when Rebecca Lowe, 32, came outside wearing a white sheet over her head.

The sheet had the initials K-K-K written on it in black marker.

They say Lowe slapped and kicked the girl, while yelling the slurs.

Police have charged her with prohibiting the girl’s civil rights.

It is a felony charge.

Lowe was arraigned Tuesday morning and released on $20,000 bond.