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Milligan's father believes several African-Americans beat his son, who is white, because he is dating an African-American woman. Mulligan's father wants police to treat the beating as a hate crime. He also has criticized what he calls a deafening silence from the community, police and the national media.
"If this was a black guy who was beaten by a group of white guys for dating a white girl, people would be up in arms," he said. "There's a double standard."
Or perhaps your motives for posting this are less overt ... though thinly disguised.
7,722 hate-crime incidents were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2006 -- an 8% increase from 2005.
2,640 were anti-black (up from 2,630 in 2005).
967 were anti-Jewish (up from 848 in 2005).
890 were anti-white (up from 828 in 2005).
747 were anti-male homosexual (up from 621 in 2005).
576 were anti-Hispanic (up from 522 in 2005).
156 were anti-Islamic (up from 128 in 2005).
163 were anti-female homosexual (up from 155 in 2005).
The story has touched a nerve with several members of Buffalo's African-American community, including a local pastor who leads a predominantly black church in Buffalo.
"At first, it didn't affect me the way that it would have if I heard it was a black teen attacked," said the Rev. Darius Pridgen, who spent years fighting for civil rights for African-Americans.
"But after I saw his father on TV pleading with the community to find the assailants, I decided I had to go after the people who beat this kid."
Rod Watson also addressed the issue in his column in the Buffalo News. Watson, who is black, pointed out that interracial marriages are nearly 10 times higher than they were in 1960, according to U.S. Census data, but still those couples have a tough time being accepted by society.
"If blacks in Buffalo in 2009 are acting like whites in Selma in 1959, this society has big problems, despite electing a president who is himself the product of an interracial union," Watson said.
Judy Milligan, a community activist and Brian Milligan Jr.'s great-aunt, said she has been overwhelmed with support from her friends, both black and white.
Originally posted by Raist
Everyone knows only whites can be racist and it is only a hate crime when a white/straight person commits it.