The police in Somerville, Massachusetts recently arrested a guy they’d been looking for for some time now. There’s been a rash of graffiti around the city, and it’s had quite a few people concerned. But after a few breaks, they caught their guy, and he’s charged with defacing public property.
According to 19-year-old Jason Cutler, he wasn’t the only one responsible for it, but admits to being a part of a group of about 10 young people who didn’t care for the way the city was changing. Somerville is moving upscale, with poorer people moving out, richer people moving in, and old stores making way to such things as coffee shops.
So, what was the response of Cutler and his friends?
They started tagging the city with the rallying cry “KILL A YUPPIE.”
I’m glad he’s been arrested, but I have one niggling question:
Why isn’t he being charged with a hate crime?
He freely admits he was calling for the murder of people based solely on their economic and social class. In my book, that qualifies as a hate crime, as is commonly defined.
But I guess yuppies aren’t considered a “protected class” under the law.