Sad, But Not Surprising

Ron Rides At The Door (Blackfeet) ,a Glacier County Montana Commissioner, is attacked and beaten up in his own home by three white men who shout racial epithets at him and his wife.  The County Attorney refuses to classify this as a hate crime, and initially only charges them with misdemeanors, though after an outcry the charges are upgraded to felonies.  My own feelings about hate crime laws notwithstanding (I’m against them), is there any doubt that if this same incident involved an African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Jewish elected official, not only would it be considered a hate crime, it would make the national news?


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