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N July four, 2000, 3 younger Asian-American males from Seattle took a street journey to the hotel city of Ocean shorelines, Washington. At a gasoline station mini-mart, they encoun-tered sev-eral white skinheads, who begun menacing them via shouting racial epithets. Trapped within the mini-mart, the five-foot-six, a hundred twenty five pound Minh Hong grabbed paring knives and filled them into his jacket pocket. Returning to their motor vehicle, Hong's crew came upon a two hundred pound, twenty-year-old skinhead named Christopher Kinison blocking off their means, preserving a Confeder-ate flag. the resultant melee left Kinison fatally stabbed, and 6 months later, Hong stood on trial for homicide. in the course of the court cases, Hong used to be requested why he had fought so challenging. He responded, 'I simply knew i did not are looking to prove like that man in Texas,' pertaining to James Byrd, the black guy dragged to his demise by way of white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, in 1998. David Neiwert makes use of Hong's case to discover the myths sur-round-ing hate crimes, delineating what's and isn't a 'hate crime,' and divulges the patchwork nature of federal and nation hate-crime legislation and their enforcement.
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Eventually they would name themselves the Ocean Shores Coalition. S. Justice Department whose specialty had been helping communities set up task forces to resolve just this kind of racial conﬂict. He’d had previous experience dealing with the disruption wrought upon communities by white-supremacist groups in the inland Northwest, and stressed that pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t make it go away. However, Hughes correctly noted, the majority of hate crimes are not committed by people with organizational ties but rather by “thrill seekers” who act on their own and may not even identify themselves as racist.
Aberdeen is renowned globally, after all, as the hometown of the late grunge rock star Kurt Cobain, whose penchant for bleak and angry lyrics has often been traced to his years here as the child of a broken home. The town is not particularly eager to embrace his legacy, since he was a renowned drug user and a suicide, albeit one of the most inﬂuential songwriters in rock history. A well-graffitied bridge over the Wishkah River east of town, beneath which Cobain used to sleep when he was on his own and homeless, is the closest thing to a sort of memorial to his presence you can ﬁnd in Aberdeen.
When a juror came in the room, he or she was offered a seat next to the refrigerator. Most of the questioning focused on the jurors’ awareness of the case from news reports. Chief deputy prosecutor Gerald Fuller, who was in charge of the county’s case, repeatedly asked interviewees whether they were able to set aside anything they had read or heard about the case beforehand. Fuller stressed that sometimes media accounts could be incomplete or incorrect. Nearly every one of the potential jurors responded that they could.
Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America by David Neiwert