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When is a crime of hatred not a hate crime?


In his op-ed piece for The Guardian, 3 1/2 MINUTES director Marc Silver examines racial prejudice as it relates to Participant's critically acclaimed new documentary, which premiered this weekend at Sundance.

When is a crime of hatred not a hate crime?

The Guardian  - January 24, 2015

By Marc Silver

 

I saw the story of America in three and a half minutes. They took place on Black Friday, 2012, in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. There, a white middle-aged software engineer named Michael Dunn argued with a black teenager, Jordan Davis, about the volume of the music playing in Davis’s car. Once those three and a half minutes elapsed, Dunn fired ten gunshots at the car, fatally wounding Davis.

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