Because of all the discussion here lately about fake hate hoaxes, it may be useful to point to what appears to be a real hate crime that occurred last fall at the University of Virginia.
Fourth-year student and one-time Alpha Delta Phi pledgemaster Joshua Weatherbee pleaded guilty to assault in December and spent a month behind bars for beating Luis Avila, a fourth-year business student who was a guest at an Alpha Delta Phi party Sept. 19.
Avila, a native of Peru, is seeking $150,000 in compensation and $150,000 in punitive damages from both the fraternity and Weatherbee, who is white.
According to the lawsuit Avila filed this week in Charlottesville Circuit Court, Weatherbee, 21, shouted “You should go back to Mexico” and “You should be washing my dishes” while he attacked Avila. Later, as a friend tried to drive Avila, 23, to the hospital, Weatherbee continued to shout slurs, the suit states.
It appears as though Weatherbee was convicted of simple assault and battery. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended, and he has spent his month in jail. In short the two articles cited here imply that there was no hate crime charge, although that issue is involved in the civil suit just filed.
This sad event is as good a place as any to agree with our liberal friends that hate does indeed still exist (although that does leave open the question, debated below, whether it deserves extra punishment when it is involved in an assault).