Why America Refuses To Take Hate Crimes Seriously

We keep avoiding the truth

It’s hard to believe, but hashtags are actually the worst thing ever. The notion that brutalized souls are socially mourned with symbols that are supposed to symbolize why their deaths matter, when their lives didn’t, was appealing back when we believed sharing bloody images of death scenes would do the trick.

But the fact remains that a young Black man was killed based on the ideology of hate that fuels President Trump’s fervent supporters.

Elijah Al-Amin is absolutely a victim of a hate crime, and it’s not being labeled as such because the media isn’t willing to take a stance against an epidemic that defines what we’ve always been to each other.

It’s a fucked up operation. It’s so fucked up that even presidential candidates are notably stumbling in their ability to seize these dark moments as the chance to demonstrate why Black America owes them the votes that count.

We’re all complicit in this merry-go-round of retweets, re-shares, and quote tweets, offering seasoned opportunities to feel banded in common good, when it’s all so very bad.

This is why America vehemently refuses to take hate crimes seriously.

If we label the shit for what it really is, then that sends a shock to the system that rearranges the game by depleting the scorn of tyranny, while restoring dignity of the victimized, who will have to be rescued from the generic reception of their tragedies.

WTF is this?

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