Tony's Kansas City and The KC Red Star get together to declare the viscous attack on a young boy by two thugs simply because the boy was white not a hate crime.
Why? Because the boy is not a member of a protected class and "while such crimes may be the result of racial prejudice, they do not constitute actual racism per se, because a hate crime against a member of a group that is superior in the power hierarchy by a member of one that is inferior cannot be racist."
I'm sure that young white boy felt real superior when the two older black kids were pouring gasoline on him and setting his face on fire while yelling, "this is what you get, white boy!"
Update: Found this great quote over at TKC:
The "power structure" in the area where the incidents occurred include:
1) The area has a predominantly non-white general population
2) Both elected officials in city government from that council district are black.
3) The Mayor is black
4) The Police Chief is black
5) The US Congressman is black
6) The US Preident is black
How much more of the "power structure" must be non-white for this crime to be considered a hate crime?