Skip to comments.Scattering Cotton Balls on Lawn of Black Culture-Center a Felony Hate Crime?
Posted on 03/08/2010 6:28:04 PM PST by Justaham
Two students at the University of Missouri-Columbia were suspended Wednesday after their arrests in a case of cotton balls thrown across the lawn of the campus black-culture center.
Campus police on Tuesday evening arrested the students, one of whom is from the St. Louis area, on suspicion of a felony hate crime. The two were released on bond, and charges were pending.
The incident happened early Friday at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, near the middle of campus. Nathan Stephens, the center's coordinator, said students were offended because of the 'symbolic violence' that harkened to days of slavery on cotton plantations."
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Would Q-tips count as half a hate crime?
Yes. It was clearly racist in intent. I hope few here come to their defense.
Probably receives a double-ended sentence.
A felony hate crime? Absolutely not.
Give me a break. Racist? Really?
This is no different than when kids toilet paper houses. Classless for sure, but racist?
The last thing we should do is give the political correctness whores any more ammo? God knows if they had vandalized a Confederate graveyard you would see people cheering them.
Were they cotton, milled in the American South? Or were they polyester, manufactured in China? Inquiring public defenders want to know...
It probably was. Does that still mean it’s right to charge them with federal felony charges?
Nope - but I remember flying over a golf course dropping stale marshmallows ....
I don’t have to defend them to call hate crime legislation pathetic and unconstitutional. The pathetic whiney asses who got their panties in a wad over this need to grow the hell up and move on.
What was that line from Atlas Shrugged? Make everything a crime so you have a nation of law-breakers walking around?
I'm not going to defend the idiots, but the charge of "felony hate crime" disturbs me very much.
Yes, it was stupid and apparently intended to stir up racial sh*t. (Pranksters love to pick on people who squeal.) But I’m skeptical that it was worth calling it a “felony hate crime” (what are those love crimes, anyhow?).
Black folks should be aware, however that the cotton business, or the black nexus with it, didn’t end with the banning of slavery. Free plantations existed prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. Many former slaves stayed as paid workers when slavery was banned. Other former slaves saved money and bought cotton plantations and some became wealthy that way. Mechanized cotton picking did not come until decades later.
Unlike the recent San Diego incidents, here the perps were actually white. Of course, this is racism. Whether it rises to the level of a felony is questionable.
Stupid prank in poor taste does not equal a felony.
When I first moved to Dallas the New Black Panther Party was walking around downtown making sure prime parking spaces were filled by black drivers only. They threatened me when I parked in a “black space” and I was shocked. The police did nothing and no one seemed to care.
That should be a felony hate crime because it was a threat of violence to keep someone from a public space. Nobody cared.
This was a prank that threatened nothing and everybody cares.
Give me a break.
How is decorating a field with cotton balls racism? I mean seriously?
Both - but one time my girlfriend was the bomber ... we’d fly over this yuppie 9 hole course and let fly during a tournament ...
My great grandmother had a great line about “Sticks and stones” that has served me well over the years. Its why I don’t care if anyone calls me a racist.
I sure hope they never allow Mother Nature to allow dandelions to go seed-head on their lawn.
Crimes of violence are wrong...regardless."Hate crimes" are BARBARA STREISAND!
Really as opposed to what? The Black Culture Center?
Racism is feeling or expressing that your race is superior to another (or, that some other race is inferior to yours).
Now while this cottonball event might be distasteful and rude, it clearly does not mean that whites are superior to blacks, nor the other way around.
Next, whites will be arrested for “eating watermelon in a racist manner”.
That’s cruel to the golfers because they would have more difficulty spotting where their balls went.
Your hopes will be shattered.
FELONY hate crime? By definition, a felony is an offense which can carry a penalty of a year in prison or more. A year in prison for symbolic speech? Screw that.
I don’t care if it was racist. The constitution seems to be OK with it the same way it’s with not being racist.
Freakin thought crimes. Orwell here we come.
Prolly was some detente betweeen the police and the Panthers. In exchange for promising not to rob or pillage the area, the Panthers would get to save parking spaces.
The only charge should be littering.
Well I must admit that I’m no fan of golf. LOL
It is a very rare occurrence in my experience when a minority is charged with a hate crime.
And since in my experience minorities commit a greater number of crimes of violence against whites there should be a greater number of prosecutions against minorities for hate crime.
“Silly cotton pickers”
This is getting ridiculous
I agree. I am just so tired of these mamby pamby responses from whites on all this race crap. Whites have become neutered droids who cower in fear over race. Meanwhile we have Black Liberation Theology in the White House, Black panthers at voting districts, Denver blacks specifically targeting whites and a list a mile long of other ‘race’ incidents not to mention race groups and organization of all kinds,lLike the Black Culture Center for example, yet whites are supposed to run around in circles and get on their knees over cotton balls. We’ve not only lost our country to the Marxist we have lost our sense of self.
It’s beyond ridiculous! This whole thing is absolutely silly, and these super sensitive people need to get over themselves.
Something is either a crime or it’s not. The whole hate crime thing is wrong.
If you throw a half eaten taco on the sofa on the front porch of a mexican, is that a felony?
That’s worth risking the “CS*****, what the hell are you doing?” line.
How long before kids sing songs about Peter vegetable fiber tail, hopping down the Lagomorpha trail. Hippity hoppity non denominal secular spring celebrations’ on its way...
more of the ‘symbolical horsewhipping’ Americans are being put through...
These charges are cotton pickin stupid!
Had they been armed with Assault Spitball Straws, this could have sent these kids to prison for life.
These charges are ridiculous.
It is this kind of abuse of our legal system will help to increase racism, NOT stop it.
The dipsh!t “victims” should have tossed white soda crackers all over the white guys yard. Then everybody could have been told to grow up and life could go on.
I’m a retired LEO and it is crap like this that makes me even more please that I am out of it.
Yep. Those cotton balls can kill.
This is exactly the same thing as lynching.
i’ll hate anyone I damn well please!!!
cotton balls thrown across the lawn
I wonder how far one can throw a cotton ball?
“Thats cruel to the golfers because they would have more difficulty spotting where their balls went.”
Anyone that smashes gopher eggs and then is stupid enough to chase after them needs the extra exercise and frustration!
eating watermelon in a racist manner.
LOL... I might need to know what this special way of eating might be. I don’t want to be sent up river for playing soul music while eating watermelon.
Cantaloupe, is cantaloupe safe to eat?
Heck, I’m starting to think that when in public, it might be safer to eat fried chicken using a knife and fork.
Yes, the Black Culture Center is a hate crime: commandeering money from people of all races, then allocating those funds for the exclusive use by and for and in promotion of color-based racism. Imagine the seething rage unleashed if there were a White Culture Center on campus.
Oh, the cotton balls? dunno what’s up with that. Probably someone opened a bag and they blew around, freak accident. Someone too annoyed to clean up their mess.
Not if its from Taco Bell, apparently they don’t consider that Mexican food.
What about toilet paper, it’s white, and it has always been seen as an honor for some kids home to get TP’d.
If they were liberals, this would be free speech.