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News Roundup for August 18, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on August 18, 2011 - 2:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT, Neo-Nazi

A federal jury in Mobile, Ala., convicted a white supremacist on firearm and drug offenses today. It took the jury about an hour to find Daniel Dwight Brown guilty of the charges, for which he faces at least 15 years in prison. Brown is a self-avowed member of the neo-Nazi Aryan Brotherhood and is currently a suspect in a shooting death in March.

Police in Oregon are investigating an assault on a gay man by his neighbor in Aloha, Ore. The victim alleges that his neighbor unexpectedly attacked him while using anti-gay slurs while he was working in his home office. The attacker is currently under arrest, and police are still pinpointing the exact motive of the suspect.

Houston police are continuing to push for hate crime charges to be brought against four self-proclaimed white supremacists for beating an African-American man. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is claiming that certain misdemeanor charges cannot be enhanced, despite the suspects’ long rap sheets and motive. As recently as 2009, a grand jury in Texas refused to allow hate crime charges for three white men accused of attacking a black ice cream vender because of his race.

The attorney for a man accused of burning a cross in front of the home of an African American is asking that a hate crime charge be dropped due to his ethnicity. William Soto is among four suspects in the cross burning that took place in Arroyo Grande, Calif. Soto’s lawyer says the fact that he is Filipino-American proves that racism was not a motivation for the crime.

A man in Union City, Calif., claims he was the victim of a hate crime on Monday. According to police, 10 to 12 teens attempted to rob the victim, then hit him with sticks while shouting anti-gay slurs. The man did not sustain serious injuries.

  • Lex

    Err what?
    Dude you burned a cross clearly coyping that famous method of KKK and by doing so trying to scare/indimate black people,

    Just because your not white it does not make less racist to do stuff like this,

  • skinnyminny

    This is something that needs to be looked into. Just because William Soto is Filipino does not mean he is not racist. Yes, according to what some people would say, that he is a minority, I’m willing to bet this guy thinks he is superior to blacks.

    This is something that happens at different job sites, a minority will be put in charge to discipline other minorities, and this helps employers fight harassment and discrimination lawsuits – they will say, “well gee, it can’t be discriminatory because they’re both minorities.” We also see a lot of this with police excessive force cases, they usually send in officers of minority backgrounds and this helps most lawsuits get dismissed.