- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ebony magazine Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux said she disagrees with President Obama’s characterization of the Dallas cop killings as a “hate crime,” because the shooter was targeting white people, or “the majority group,” which have historically been abusive to blacks.

“I would not describe hate crime as the most comfortable word choice, considering these circumstances,” Ms. Lemieux told CNN Wednesday, according to a clip obtained by Breitbart News. “There’s so much that we do not know about what took place, what motivated this person. We only have the one account of law enforcement. We haven’t had the opportunity to really look into his history in a meaningful way.

“When we use a phrase like ‘hate crime,’ we’re typically referring to crimes against people of color, people of various religious groups, LGBT people, people who have been historically attacked, abused or disenfranchised on the basis of their identity,” she said. “To now extend that to the majority group, and a group of people that have a history with African-Americans that has been abusive, and we can apply that to either police officers or to Caucasians, I think, gets into very tricky territory. So I’d be curious to know if he was referring to this as a hate crime because he singled them out by race, or attempted to single them out by race, or because they were police officers.”

Retired FBI Agent Steve Moore staunchly disagreed with Ms. Lemieux, saying the killings are being defined as a hate crime under the legal definition of the term.

Ms. Lemieux, the daughter of a police officer, continued, “I think that there is a tendency to be intellectually dishonest about race in this country, and I think it’s something people do to perhaps protect themselves and protect others and it has not served us well. You can’t compare the hatred that certain white nationalist groups have had towards African Americans with the feelings that many African Americans feel about how we’ve been treated in this country, how we’ve been historically disenfranchised, how we’ve been abused on the basis of our race.

“There is absolutely no excuse for gunning down police officers. That is disgusting,” she added. “That is, just one of the most horrific things that someone can do, to take a life away from someone. However, when we start to imply that we’re all on equal footing here, that African-Americans and police officers have the same reasons to be distrustful of one another, and that all we need to do is simply find a way to heal, or to just talk this out, then we’re not being honest about the situation that people who look like me have been placed in in this country since we arrived here.”

Micah Xavier Johnson, the gunman who killed five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, told police that he deliberately targeted white cops. Police ended a standoff by killing Johnson with a robot carrying a bomb.

On the eve of a memorial service for the officers Monday, President Obama said Johnson would have been prosecuted for a hate crime if he were still alive today.

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