An incident from Wisconsin’s Edgewood College illustrates the potential problem with enshrining the concept of “hate crimes” into law. The term, it turns out, is no longer being applied to just your garden-variety Nazi:
Administrators and staff at Edgewood College were recently called together to discuss a troubling note placed on the door to the diversity office after the election of Donald Trump. The note, which included a smiley face, stated “Suck it up, pussies.” In the hours after the note was found, the diversity office had coordinated with the Title IX office, human resources, the office of student conduct, and the Vice President for Student Development to determine an appropriate course of action. In their joint email to the Edgewood campus, the ad hoc committee said that the note “was hateful and harmful,” and that “it violated every value that this institution considers to be at its core.” If such a condemnation wasn’t enough, they added that “Covert micro-aggressions and overt macro-aggressions appear to have taken on a new fervor” since the election.
They promptly determined that the note constituted a hate crime and called the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department.
A post-it note message stating “Suck it up, pussies” was deemed a hate crime by intelligent, articulate, and highly credentialed campus officials. Let that sink in. …
You wouldn’t have seen the rise of Trump without this kind of thing, and now you’ll see much more of this kind of thing as The Orange One takes office.