OP-ED: Left-Wing Texas Democrat Proposes New Hate Crime Bill

The Democrats seemingly aren’t happy just trying to control how we speak and think. They want to criminalize speech, too.
Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas (TFP File Photo)

The Democrats seemingly aren’t happy just trying to control how we speak and think. They want to criminalize speech, too.

Left-wing Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas recently introduced a bill that would expand federal hate-crimes laws to include “white supremacy inspired hate crime.”

The devil, as is often the case, is in the details.

The language of Lee’s proposed “Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023” states, “A person engages in a white supremacy inspired hate crime when white supremacy ideology has motivated the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of actions that constituted a crime or were undertaken in furtherance of activity that, if effectuated, would have constituted a crime”

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Those actions also constitute conspiracy of a hate crime if one of at least two people involved “published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group>

That person would be guilty of this thought crime if the material met three standards:

  • It would have to be published on social media or publications with the “likelihood” that it could be viewed by people who are “predisposed” to engage in “white supremacy inspired hate crime, or who are susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime,” and if 
  • It could determined by a “reasonable person” to “motivate actions” by a person who could commit a “white supremacy inspired hate crime,” and if
  • It was “read, heard, or viewed by a person who engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime.”

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Given Democrats’ past comments about Republican voters, especially those who support former President Donald Trump, the bill would automatically have about 75 million suspects as soon as it was passed.

Lee’s bill would further empower the Justice Department to “investigate, intercede, and undertake other actions that it deems necessary and appropriate to interdict, mitigate, or prevent such action from culminating in violent activity.”

The measure would also add language at the end of the federal hate crimes law that states, “Mass shootings and other hate crimes motivated by white supremacy have been increasing in frequency and intensity.”

“These heinous and virulent crimes are inspired by conspiracy theories, blatant bigotry, and mythical falsehoods such as ‘replacement theory.’ All instances must be prevented and severe criminal penalties must be applied to their perpetrators.”

By its own language, the bill does nothing when white Americans are victimized of hate crimes by non-white suspects, such as when a Black Lives Matter supporter ran over and killed six white people and injured dozens more by crashing through a Wisconsin Christmas parade in 2021.

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