http://www.digitalcity.com/houston/news/article.adp?article=1221619 Seems a couple local to Houston here have chosen to use the racial "victim" climate in order to enrich themselves. They are charged with painting racial slogans on the outside of their house, then torching it in order to claim $120k in fraudulent insurance claims. The official charges are fraud and arson. --- Now the question - Is this a hate crime? Why is it that the NAACP campaigned against the accusation of <A HREF="http://www.shj.com/smith/trial/smith22.html">Susan Smith, who murdered her two young children and blamed a phantom black man</A>, using this horrible crime as a shining example of how racism still exists, but are now conspicuously absent? Is it that the black representation is only interested in believing that racism is a one-directional phenomenon? --- My two cents... Just trying to be careful that I do not present my opinions as facts... which seems to be a trend. Hate crimes are bogus, altogether. The term "Hate Crime" is an attempt to legislate <U>motive</U> and <U>thought</U> as opposed to action. These crimes are not hate crimes because the very premise of "hate crime" is bunk. If it's illegal to kill someone, the fact that a white did it to a black or a black to a white, or tagging someone's house, or any other form of criminals vs. other-race victims, is immaterial. Illegal is illegal. Legislating thought is a long, pot-hole filled road to travel, and will result in the same place as the short and sweet purity of plain old law. But since it makes someone feel better about how they support some (other) race, we endure the BS to the bursting point.