From this afternoon’s Cavuto. Marvin Stewart’s already filed police complaints alleging harassment and stolen property after some of the bien pensants in the audience jumped onstage and grabbed him. He claims a hate crime was committed based on the fact that some of them were yelling “house nigger” during his speech. How the D.A. intends to prove that the people who assaulted him were the same people who did the yelling is beyond me.
The New York State hate-crime statute turns on whether the offense was committed “in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation…” Not sure how that’s constitutional, but it is.
Update: What exactly do they mean by a “hate crimes lawsuit” against Columbia, though? The school, presumably, will be sued for negligence in failing to do its duty to protect them. The protesters could be sued for assault and battery. But where’s the “hate” from Columbia? Is there some theory of vicarious liability here? Tort lawyers, help me out.