The nonsense of “mistaken identity” hate crimes

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The whole language of “mistaken” identity and “mis-directed” hate crime is also one that we have to put an end to. There is no such thing as a “properly” directed hate crime for there to be a “misdirected” hate crime.

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  • Don Bold

    .. I don’t see how this is nonsense. Someone calls you ‘Osama’ just becasue you are wearing a turban and beard, someone yells at you ‘Arab go home’ simply because you look brown and have a turban and then attacks you. That attacker doesn’t know the victim is neither Arab nor muslim, what else is it if not ‘MISTAKEN IDENTITY’? Someone clearly didn’t identify this person as a Sikh and didn’t know what a Sikh is. Isn’t this ‘mistaken identity’? Someone MISTAKES you to be connected to ‘bad people’ as personified in numerous popular american media depicting terrorists simply because that person MISTAKES a turban wearer to be so and so and also a bad person. If all of this isn’t MISTAKEN IDENTITY what else is it. (If this somehow suggests that had he been muslim he would have been a fair target? well, no one suggested that except your own mind. BUT THAT IS NO REASON TO DISTORT THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT MISTAKEN IDENTITY)

    I am dead sure the person didn’t attack thinking – “alright then, so lets see… this turbaned man is a Sikh man who is an educated professor and doctor and born american who believes in freedom and equality of everyone, belongs to a community that focuses on hard work, family values, equality and freedom for women, equality and liberty for men and women of all faiths, nationalities and colour and his community has sacrificed tons of lives protecting basic human freedom and hey, he even worships at a place that is open to people of all faiths and serve free food to EVERYONE to mark brotherhood and acceptance of all mankind. oh, well, lets attack him anyway… ” You really think this happened? This is a case of ‘Mistaken Identity’ through and through.

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