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Paine College hosts inaugural Hate Crime Prevention forum

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:45 PM
Last updated 11:45 PM
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Remington Gregg made his statement brief and to the point.

“A hate crime isn’t directed towards a specific individual,” the Human Rights Campaign council member said. “It’s a message sent to an entire group of people.”

With nearly three dozen local residents in attendance, Paine College hosted a hate crimes prevention forum Tuesday evening.

Richmond County was selected as the inaugural site of the forum by U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, who oversees 43 counties in the southern district of Georgia. President Obama nominated Tarver as U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Georgia in 2009.

“Paine College has always been at the forefront when it comes to social issues, so I feel like it’s very appropriate that we hosted the first event,” Paine College assistant Vice President Helene Carter said. “It means a lot to be the chosen site.”

One of Tarver’s objectives has been to reduce the number of hate crimes in his 43-county district.

“There are a lot of things people don’t understand about hate crimes and our goal is to educate the public on how they’re handled by law enforcement,” Tarver said. “More importantly, our goal is to inform people on the resources we provide and how these crimes can be prevented.”

The seminar was open to the public, while six speakers, including Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, took part.

“We hoped to hold the event while school was in session, but we had to reschedule twice for different reasons,” Carter said. “Still, we’re very thankful for the people who decided to come.”

With residents of different religious backgrounds and sexual orientation in attendance, Tarver said the goal of Tuesday’s forum was to learn how acts of hate can be minimized.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “Hopefully, by educating people on hate crimes we can eventually eliminate them from our society.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one of the groups most commonly targeted by discrimination are transgender people.

“While it is difficult to find comprehensive data, a survey by the National Center of Transgender Equality found discrimination against transgender individuals is pervasive,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole said. “Sixty-three percent of respondents reported they had experienced a serious act of discrimination that had a major impact on their quality of life and their ability to sustain themselves financially or emotionally.”

Although Tuesday marked the inaugural event, Tarver is optimistic about the future of the forum.

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Pops
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Pops 06/04/14 - 07:55 am
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waste of time.

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 06/04/14 - 08:04 am
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Hate Crime

Every crime is a hate crime.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/14 - 08:45 am
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Just How Many Transgender

There must be about 19 transgender people in the 43 county district.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/04/14 - 10:57 am
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Okay, they set up this high-falutin’ forum on Hate Crime Prevention and it isn't five minutes before they are talking about discrimination against the transgender group. When they charge out of the chute and lose their focus that early, you can see that the six speakers at this forum are not interested in preventing crime.

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Dixieman 06/04/14 - 11:00 am
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A crime is a crime

It does not matter what motivated it or what is inside the head of the perp. What matters is the violation of the law and the injury to the victim. If you punch someone because they are gay or white or Jewish or black that really doesn't matter -- what matters is the punch.
This whole concept of "hate crimes" and this conference are a waste of time and taxpayers' money. And BTW having your feelings hurt does NOT constitute a crime. Life is hard sometimes. Buy a helmet, suck it up and move on with your life.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/04/14 - 11:01 am
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Statistics

From the story:

One of Tarver’s objectives has been to reduce the number of hate crimes in his 43-county district.

You cannot intelligently talk about reducing the number until you tell your audience the starting number. I hope reporter Stutsman follows up and asks Judge Tarver what number he is starting from in his 43-county district. Just exactly how many crimes have been designated as "hate crimes" in the district in the past, say five years? No progress can be made until that number is made public.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/04/14 - 11:05 am
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Feelings

Dixieman posted:

And BTW having your feelings hurt does NOT constitute a crime.

At least not yet.

Going back to discrimination against transgender folk; transgender folk are not a special protected class yet. Therefore, discrimination against them is not yet a crime. Things could change if the democrats wrest total political power in Washington.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/04/14 - 11:10 am
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Sad

I used to respect Judge Ed Tarver. I voted for him when he ran for office. But when he says this:

“Hopefully, by educating people on hate crimes we can eventually eliminate them from our society.”

I just shake my head in dismay. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Think about it, Ed. We have educated people for centuries that stealing is wrong, yet people shoplift every day. You will not eventually eliminate crime by educating people.

Pops
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Pops 06/04/14 - 12:33 pm
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I would be curious to know

if any Federal funds were thrown to Paine to host this "event".........

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Bizkit 06/04/14 - 06:13 pm
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Didn't that recent shooting

Didn't that recent shooting there have something to do with "hate". Like hate the dude enough to shoot them in the head, and perhaps hate enough because someone got ripped on a drug deal. Hate manifest itself in different ways. I'd say "hate crimes" are the least of their problems. The county has a majority of blacks who love the school.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/04/14 - 06:15 pm
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If you like guns soon you

If you like guns soon you will be guilty of a "hate crime" because guns kill people ergo you do too. Progressive logic 101

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/04/14 - 10:47 pm
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Nearly three dozen

that's less than 36 people - not a big turn out on a serious subject.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/05/14 - 08:09 am
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Indoctrination

You can see where Ed Tarver and his idea of having "forums" to prevent hate crimes is going. Instead of focusing on crime they are focusing on discrimination. Helen Carter, hosting the event for Paine College, said they hoped to have the forum while school was still in session, but it had to be postponed until after school let out. They were hoping to get a lot of Paine College students there (they were probably going to give them extra credit in their weakest subject class) so they could hear about discrimination, subtly indoctrinating these students that discrimination is a hate crime, and the people who discriminate (the code word for discriminated these days is "disrespect" or "diss") are criminals who need to be locked up.

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