Could Craig Hicks Have Escaped The Hate Crime Accusation So Easily If He Were Muslim?

Minneapolis says no to islamophobia and racism, honors murdered Chapel Hill students

There’s something to be said about giving a person the benefit of the doubt, particularly in serious matters and especially when it comes to the accusation of committing a hate crime.

Even so, what we’ve seen thus far in the coverage surrounding Craig Hicks, who shot and killed three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, speaks volumes as to the kind of person given the benefit of the doubt – White, straight men – and who does not: everyone else.

While it’s unclear if Hicks’ act was rooted in a noted disdain for Muslims, it is very much apparent that many in the media are invested in making sure the public does not lend credence to such a suggestion…