Symone Sanders has a history of saying “callous” statements about white people.
When a white guy was dragged out of his car and beat up by a Chicago mob for being a Trump supporter, the Bernie Sanders operative couldn't contain her disbelief that anyone would look at this white victim as a human being:
“Oh my goodness, poor white people! Please! Oh my– stop. Stop, Carl.”
As Mediaite points out, there are other goldie oldies from this Bernout:
If Sanders seems familiar, it’s probably because you remember her mockingly exclaiming “Oh my goodness, poor white people” during an on-air conversation about a Trump supporter beaten by a mob. She’s also said the Democratic Party doesn’t “need white people leading” it right now and the election of Trump put “white supremacy into the White House.”
Of course, this is all perfectly acceptable as a media personality, because... well, it's the U.S. media.
After a Facebook Live video broke national news for showing four black men tormenting a disabled white man and yelling “F*** white people! F*** Donald Trump!”, it was only a matter of time before the media would rush in to say, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Only white people can be bigots, this cannot be a 'hate crime!'”
Symone Sanders was on a panel with Don Lemon, who understandably stated he can't yet call it a hate crime because the Chicago police hadn't finished their investigation.
But Sanders had a more interesting reason it couldn't be a “hate crime.” Politics.
Anticipating correctly that her “say it out loud” test was bound to fail:
“But I’m gonna say something that’s probably not very popular — we cannot callously go about classifying things as a hate crime.”
Let's start with these words: “callously go about.”
Does anyone even know what that means? Who is “callously going about” arguing that a disabled white person who is video-recorded being tormented by four black youths is a “hate crime”? She continued with her actual reason it might not qualify:
“If we start going around and anytime someone says or does something egregious or bad and sickening in sense. In connection with the president-elect Donald Trump or even President Obama for that matter because of their political leanings, that’s slippery territory. That is not a hate crime.”
This Facebook live video shows a man being tortured while four black youths yell “F*** white people!” and “F*** Trump!” It's pretty clear that there is some animosity towards white people going on, and this is connected to hatred of Donald Trump.
Whether or not Trump was ever mentioned by these four hooligans in their little rant against “white people” is absolutely irrelevant. But Democratic operatives like Symone Sanders, CNN, and the rest of the U.S. media don't want us to call this a “hate crime” because it is a politicized term implying whites' systematic oppression of blacks.
True justice means treating people's lives equally before the law. Hatred is an emotion that is colorblind, and indeed, blind to compassion and humanity. Torturing a white person is not any less egregious than torturing a black person, and vice versa.