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Mar 04 2019

When a Hate Crime Is Not a Hate Crime

Question: When is it not a hate crime to yell at a nonagenarian Mexican, “Go back to your country” and then bash him in the head from behind with a brick?

Answer: When your name is Laquisha Jones.

From Willowbrook, in Los Angeles County:

Prosecutors said Jones attacked the man, who is now 92 years old, without provocation on July 4, 2018, near 118th and Robin streets. Family members said the man, whom they identified as Rodolfo Rodriguez, was out on his daily walk around the neighborhood when he came across a woman and a girl on the sidewalk. …

Authorities said he was struck with the brick from behind and was left unconscious on the sidewalk, his face bloodied and bruised.

He wound up in the hospital with multiple injuries. Jones was sentenced to 15 years for elder abuse.

Misbel Borjas, who lives near Rodriguez, said she was passing by in a car when she saw Rodriguez walking and trying to pass the woman and girl. Then, Borjas said, she saw the woman push Rodriguez and start to hit him.

“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’ ” Borjas told The Times in July.

Rodriguez is a legal permanent resident of the USA who does not speak English.

Jones was not charged with a hate crime, possibly because the concept of hate crimes establishes a racial hierarchy not only for victims but also for perpetrators. To be charged with one, it helps to be white.

If you have not heard of this case, much less have every detail memorized, it is because Laquisha Jones is not a white guy in a MAGA hat.

On a tip from Seaoh.

One Response to “When a Hate Crime Is Not a Hate Crime”

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