Tamara Crowchief may have yelled “I hate white people” as she carried out a violent assault on a white person, but that doesn’t mean her attack was racially motivated, a Canadian judge has ruled.
The attack occurred outside a pub in Calgary, Canada, on Nov. 1, according to the Calgary Herald. Crowchief’s victim, identified as Lydia White, lost a tooth in the assault, the paper reported.
Prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan had tried to put Crowchief behind bars for 12 to 15 months by arguing that the indigenous woman’s “unprovoked” actions represented a hate crime, the paper reported. But Judge Harry Van Harten of the provincial court strongly disagreed.
The Calgary Herald reported that the attack happened suddenly and without warning.
White was standing outside the pub talking to another person when Crowchief walked up and yelled “I hate white people” before punching White in the face, the paper reported. After the assault, Crowchief left the scene, but White followed her and called police.
When authorities arrived and arrested Crowchief, she told them “the white man was out to get her,” the paper reported.
From the headline alone, one might get the impression that The Washington Post actually sympathizes with the victim, and recognizes the absurdity of the situation – and I suspect that the author might actually feel this way.
But, with the exception of what I quoted above, almost the entire article is about the oppression of Indigenous Canadians in the past. Even the photo at the beginning of the article (the only included graphic) depicts a march by Indigenous Canadians “to bring attention to the plight of indigenous peoples in Canada.”
The article has a split personality; the headline says one thing, but the photo, and most of the article, say something totally different. It’s possible that the author wanted to highlight the absurdity of the judge’s decision, and the fact that white people are now second-class citizens, but his editors forced him to push the official narrative instead – that white people are the oppressors, and non-whites are the victims.
It’s interesting that the judge is white, and the prosecutor (who tried to get hate-crime charges) appears to be of Indian origin. Indeed, our greatest enemies are often other whites.