If “white supremacy” and “racism” caused the death of Tyre Nichols, then the Memphis cops who killed him must be charged with committing a hate crime like the McMichaels in the case of Ahmaud Arbery.
“What is the alternative? In fact, there are a couple.
The first is that the five cops should be treated in precisely the same way as would a self-professed white supremacist. If, as has been claimed, the actions of the five men were indeed driven by the “pernicious effects” of “anti-Black racism,” then the men presumably ought to be charged with hate crimes, just as a white cop in a similar situation would be. In his column, Jones proposes that “it is the race of the victim who is brutalized — not the race of the violent cop — that is most relevant in determining whether racial bias is a factor in police violence.” Well, if we follow that thought to its logical end, we must surely conclude that the victim was explicitly targeted because he was black, and that the cops are therefore guilty of discrimination. And if that’s the case, then why not charge them as such? Naturally, we would not want a situation in which the race of the cop does not matter except for the purposes of his punishment. …”
There can’t be one standard for White “white supremacists” and another for racially motivated black “white supremacists” like in Memphis.