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NCSU Forum Explains, Decries 'Hate Crime'

Posted February 8, 2007

— News of a racially motivated attack at Guilford College on three Palestinian students hit home at NC State, where Omar Awartani, one of the men who claimed they were assaulted, is a student.

Thursday night, the State campus took a stand against hate crimes with a “hate forum” that stressed tolerance.

Three Palestinian students reported they were assaulted by football players at Guilford College on Jan. 20., and a magistrate judge charged six players with misdemeanor assault and five with ethnic intimidation.

The incident surprised Ibraheem Khalifa. He thought people in North Carolina were more tolerant, he said.

“What I had hoped was that it was less likely for people to really take out some of their mis-directed anger at people like the incident that happened,” Khalifa said.>

The focus of the forum was unveiling the motives behind hate crimes and explaining how students can protect themselves.

Ayesha Ali was born and raised in the Triangle. She said knowledge can go a long way in promoting tolerance.

“I've heard some of my friends tell me about things that were said or done to them, things that were clearly a violation of rights. Just knowing what you can and cannot do, that'll be great.” Ali said.

NC State University campus police say hate crimes are rare, just three in the last five years. Two had to do with sexual orientation and the other was racially motivated. All involved some type of property damage.

Police believe, though, that more often than not, incidents that could be considered hate crimes go unreported. NCSU Police Chief Tom Younce and other officers were part of the dialogue Thursday.

“We want to make sure the victim has all the resources to recover. We also want to be in touch with the affected community to let them know there is a zero tolerance to hate crimes. We will address it and address it swiftly,” Sgt. Jon Barnwell said.

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  • BRUCEY BABY Feb 9, 2007


  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 9, 2007

    To answer your question dtroyb71, the law is not equal because all are not treated equal in this so called "free" country. Lady Justice is supposed to be blind but she is not. And AA can be convicted of Hate Crimes, if a black person goes Nat Turner on a entire white community b/c they "hate" them...dammit it's a hate crime.

  • giepa Feb 9, 2007

    some one please tell me what race do you have to be for hate among us that are BLACK,WHITE,RED,YELLOW,AND ALL THE REST

  • CONUNDRUM Feb 9, 2007

    The "Hate Crime" law roots come from abuse by Whites toward minorities, that include Asians, BUT THE LAW ITSELF COVERS ALL PEOPLE. Simple EXAMPLES:
    If any person of any race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation does harm to another person BECAUSE THEY HATE that person's race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation even if the person who did the harm is part of the group they hate then they can be charge with a "Hate Crime". That is the law is simple terms.

  • .45 Feb 9, 2007

    Seriously though, hate crime laws are nonsense.
    Everything that is classified as a "hate crime" was already a crime in the first place.
    What ever happened to equal protection under the law?
    If the same crime done to different people carries a different penalty how is that equal protection?

  • CONUNDRUM Feb 9, 2007

    LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF WHAT A "HATE CRIME" IS! Again what is the sense of making these arguments if you are not looking at the definition of what is a "Hate Crime". I keep hearing the wrong use of the law as if it applies to all other crimes, it does not. I ask you to post the definition before you speak.

  • .45 Feb 9, 2007

    I think that there is no way that this is a hate crime.
    I'll tell you why.
    Hate crime laws were enacted to protect minorities from abuse. Since the attackers in this case were black then they can't be guilty of a hate crime.
    Black people can only be the victims of hate crimes not the attackers.
    Case closed!

  • Red Bird Feb 9, 2007

    My thoughts are that this whole incident stems from nothing more than a bunch of college students partying (that includes the alleged victims as well as the accused) one word leads to another and a fight ensues. This is not a hate crime. Now if one group intentionly went out looking specificaly to cause harm to a person or persons based on their nationality that is a hate crime and should be dealt with as such.

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 9, 2007

    Pfpfptt. Hate crime legislation is nothing more than a stepping stone toward the elimination of free speech, then onto thought crime. If this website was in Canada, most of the posters here would be in jail (myself included).

    jznryn, you are correct about every ethnic groups having its demons, but government provided statistics show that Asian are overrepresented in college enrollment and significantly under-represented in criminal activity. Home Skillets comments in this regard are completely logical.

    What I find illogical is your statement regarding the reason the application of hate crime charges are BIASED toward whites?

  • mvnull Feb 9, 2007

    Terrorism and hate crimes are acts against society, using innocent people as fodder. Both deserve more attention than other crimes.