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It is possible, of course, that the Central Park jogger's race and presumed economic status were also factors in her selection as a victim. Joggers are often upper middle class and white; the perpetrators were neither. Consequently, a poor black woman may not have been attacked. Still, the Central Park jogger was an interchangeable victim, one who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Almost any other female jogger-and especially any other white female jogger-would probably have been similarly at risk.
1) Under the guise of merely joking, individuals can give voice to racist ideas and emotions, yet maintain that they are only having a little fun. (2) These racist jokes remain with the listener and may be retold time and time again to much wider audiences. Moreover, even if they are not retold, the racist ideas on which such humor is based tend to remain with the audience as a subtle reinforcement of society's stereotypes. Among stand-up comics who capitalize on our sense of collective intolerance, Andrew Dice Clay has recently made the art of slurring women, gays, and minorities a highlight of his raunchy routines.
At one end of the continuum, there are numerous offenses that are unequivocally crimes of hate directed against individuals strictly because they belong to a group or category. At the other end of the continuum, however, there are some offenses for which it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine the extent to which hate is a motivating factor. The attack on the Central Park jogger has all of the elements that define hate crimes. It was a crime committed by multiple offenders who employed excessive brutality against a total stranger.
Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed by Jack Levin