The SC Times’ latest guilt trip article is worth highlighting. It isn’t worth highlighting because the content. It isn’t worth highlighting because the writing was exceptional. It’s worth highlighting because the picture of hateful graffiti spray-painted on a business’s windows is from July, 2010.

How big of a problem are hate crimes when the most recent hate crimes picture is 9 years old? With the number of hate crimes event scheduled for St. Cloud since Labor Day, you’d think that St. Cloud was the hate crimes capitol of Minnesota. While hate crimes have risen slightly statewide, the numbers simply don’t bear out the notion that St. Cloud is a hotbed of hate crimes. The chart in this article highlights hate crime incidents per bias motivation in 2017. According to the statistics compiled by the FBI, the number of hate crimes in St. Cloud totaled 2, 1 based on the person’s race, ethnicity or ancestry. The other hate crime was based on the victim’s religion.

According to the St. Cloud Times’ article, a “new three-part series of forums is planned to replace an event on Dismantling Hate Crimes that was abruptly cancelled Sept. 18 ‘because of safety and logistical concerns,’ according to the St. Cloud Area Human Rights Commission.” That’s, at best, misleading. When I wrote this post, I quoted “a statement by St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton. The Times wrote that ‘Despite the public safety concern’ cited by the human rights department, St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton said Wednesday ‘the department received no reports of threats related to the event.‘”

Since St. Cloud’s Chief of Police was participating in the event, it’s likely that the St. Cloud PD was monitoring the chatter. At the time, there was lots of speculation that the cancellation was part of a hoax. What I found was that the event’s cancellation was posted on the St. Cloud Human Rights Commission’s Facebook page at 1:16 pm on the day of the event. The ‘protesters’ were mostly just concerned citizens who showed up after 2:00 pm, well after the event had gotten cancelled.

Further, the Minnesota Department of Human Resources issued a statement after 4:30 pm. I wrote in this post about how the Minnesota Department of Human Resources tried belittling the protesters:

“Hate is not a value in St. Cloud or in any part of our state,” Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said in a news release issued just over an hour before the planned start of the event. “Our community deserves better.”

“I am heartbroken by the attempts to silence discussion on hate crimes. The goal of the forum was to discuss the community we want to create. One that is full of dignity and joy,” she said.

MDHR is full of it. There were 2 groups of protesters at the event. The smaller group was protesting the event. The other group was actually praying for the Persecuted Church. Neither group attempted “to silence discussion on hate crimes.”

The best proof of that came in the form of Jaylani Hussein, who showed up at 6:30, which was half an hour after the event was scheduled to start. He held an impromptu event at the site that was deemed too dangerous. It went off without a hitch. The Times wrote this late in the article:

The St. Cloud Human Rights Commission and Minnesota Department of Human Rights initially planned a forum on hate crimes in September and cancelled it. A group opposed to the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ involvement in the panel planned a protest of the event and showed up even after it was called off.

I’d be surprised if the handful of protesters and people praying for the Persecuted Church were monitoring the St. Cloud Human Rights Commission’s Facebook page. The way that paragraph was written made it sound like the people had something nefarious planned.

One Response to “St. Cloud hate crimes rising?”

  • dega says:

    The Times does not report the news exactly just their version of it. Sad that they are called the St. Cloud Times when they do not represent the city at all. CAIR is one of the biggest spreaders of hatred and will continue to do so because it is the major item that keeps their organization alive.

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