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Turning up the Pressure on Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia

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  1. ohwilleke says:

    Lack of identity politics theory in the popular consciousness?

    Identifying a crime as a “hate crime” involves a certain amount of sociological imagination to link a crime to a worldview that gives the concept meaning. And, unless that worldview is shared by jurors as well as lawyers, it won’t improve the chance that a jury will convict.

    What makes sense to people living in the post-industrial dystopia, is not necessary what makes sense to people living in the old South. A habit of identifying crimes as “hate crimes” may create a reputation for prosecutors that makes it harder for them to develop the biracial consensus they need on juries to get consensus by pinning those prosecutors to an “outsider” (i.e. carpetbagger) worldview.