The Folly of Hate Crime Laws

That’s the title of Richard Cohen’s op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Post. Cohen highlights the futility of using a hate crime to prosecute the Holocaust Museum shooter:

In von Brunn’s case, the hate-crime counts are an obscenity. To suggest that the effects of this attack were felt only by the Jewish or the black communities – and not, for instance, by your average Washington tourist – ghettoizes both its real and purported victims. It’s a consequence that von Brunn himself might applaud.

I couldn’t agree more.