A number of right-wing blogs are making the most of any isolated examples of unfairness they can find, to try and make a ridiculous (though carefully specifically unsaid) case that somehow the white majority or middle/upper class or males in general are (fill in as appropriate in any combination) discriminated against and generally hard done by in this country by discriminatory laws. Any glance at the statistics will show that their claims clearly do not stand up to any scrutiny (hence the concentration in true Daily Mail style on the emotional isolated cases) and in fact the evidence suggests the opposite.
The law that provides for longer sentencing for racial crimes seems to fall into this category and provide ammunition for the racists and their right wing sympathisers. The case of the white computer programmer killed by three Asians who were overheard making comments in Urdu about 'teaching a kura a lesson' and the case of Anthony Walker killed by white youths who were shouting racist abuse is the latest example.
The first murder was not judged a racist crime and the second murder almost certainly will be judged racist. Whatever the justification for these rulings, and on initial observation I cannot understand why the first case was not racist, the whole concept of longer sentencing for racial crimes seems suspect.
While this law is obviously well meant, it is quite easy to see how the right wingers and racists are going to make political capital out of any cases like this. It only needs one or two examples, the overall statistics are always going to be ignored by these idiots.
The basic question for me, has to be, why does a racist murder deserve a longer sentence in the first place? I really have no idea. Any answers please? Having this law can only provide the racists with a useful recruiting tool and prove counter-productive in my opinion.