- May 12, 2002
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- Southern California
I see, and you are definitely correct. I stand corrected, myself. I was thinking more along the lines of that whole hate speech thing, but the action isn't exactly "speech". We are in agreement that regardless of the noose, what those guys did was criminal no matter how you slice it. You cannot put your hands on someone just because they offended you. There is no way to justify what they did, and thus, I believe that the guys should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Whoever hung the noose received their punishment, so it is only right that the assaulters receive theirs.
Hanging the noose is a form of "protected speech" or freedom of expression, but can be regulated in public and within public entities, much like "silence" may be compelled in a public library, or speech that would incite violence at a public rally.
During the Civil Rights Movements people rejected unfair laws with sit-in's and civil disobedience. However the difference then was it was done with an expectation of punishment, and it was accepted to show the wrongness of those laws. People accepted beatings, dogs, water hoses, and teargas willingly and went to jail in protest. (Some never made it to jailed and were killed).
Today when you don't like something or someone, you commit a crime, decry the system as being unfair, and expect to receive a pass. If they truly believed, they'd stand up like those before them and say, "Yeah, I did it and I'm willingly to accept punishment to bring attention to the injustice and make my point."
Today, nobody in jail is guilty. They are all a victim of a mistake, or circumstances. There is no justification for six people kicking an unconscious person who had not engaged in any physical confrontation, and I guarantee most of their previous victims were black. To cry the punishment is unfair after-the-fact, is to ignore the history of the individuals, and the serious life-threatening violent nature of the attack itself.
It is attempted murder at its worse, and conspiracy to commit attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon at its least in California. Think the charge is too severe? Like they say on the street, "If you can't do the time, don't so the crime."
Never make excuses or support bad behavior, - unless you want more of it, and color has nothing to do with it.