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More Myth Debunking: “Arizona SB1070 to Unleash Torrent of Hate Crimes Against Hispanics”

On April 23, 2010, Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Arizona’s SB1070, the strictest anti-illegal alien law among the states. The front page of the Arizona Republic carries a story with the headline “Racial hate crimes surge 39% in Phoenix” which states in the second paragraph:

Hate crimes in Phoenix classified by race rose from 36 to 50, an increase that experts who track Valley incidents attribute to heightened tensions following Senate Bill 1070,…

How awful. Oh wait, the sentence isn’t finished [emphasis mine]:

…though hate crimes against Hispanics dipped.

Wait…What?!?!?!?!?

Weren’t we told, by pretty much everybody from the federal government to pro-amnesty shills, how hate crimes against Hispanics were going to increase after SB1070 was passed and signed into law? And we’re talking about Phoenix here, in Maricopa County, where the supposed Hispanic-hating racist Joe Arpaio reigns as sheriff.

But it gets better. The Arizona Republic piece mentions the FBI released its 2010 hate crime data this week, so let’s look at the numbers. The increase in the number of race-based hate crimes in Phoenix is reported accurately (the table of data is here). However, the FBI lists anti-Hispanic incidents under the category Ethnicity bias, not the category Race bias. So the actual number of Ethnicity bias hate crimes in Phoenix is actually 27, and for the state the number is 37. To compare those numbers to the 2009 numbers, the number of Ethnicity bias hate crimes were 26 and 42 for Phoenix and the state respectively. Here’s where it gets interesting, from the article:

In Phoenix, reports of hate crimes targeting Hispanics declined, from 22 to 18, police said, but reports increased involving other races.

So in 2009, the number of anti-Hispanic hate crimes in Phoenix was 22 out of a total of 26. But in 2010, there were 18 of the same crimes out of a total of 27. Again, weren’t we told about how SB1070 was going to show the opposite? Not only that, the total number of Ethnicity bias hate crimes in Arizona, the category regarding Hispanics, fell by nearly 12%, from 42 to 37 between 2009 and 2010.

Here’s an exercise. Let’s redisplay the article’s second paragraph:

Hate crimes in Phoenix classified by race rose from 36 to 50, an increase that experts who track Valley incidents attribute to heightened tensions following Senate Bill 1070, though hate crimes against Hispanics dipped.

So the law that we were told targeted Hispanics didn’t lead to an outbreak of anti-Hispanic hate crimes in either Phoenix or the state of Arizona, but “experts” tell us the law we were told targeted Hispanics was responsible for the increase of race-based hate crimes, even though the increase has nothing to do with anti-Hispanic hate crimes, the latter of which were reduced? One of the “experts” quoted extensively in the piece is the America-hating Mark Potok of the Democrat hate group the Southern Policy Law Center. Methinks the Arizona Republic needs to consult a different set of experts. I’m surprised Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik wasn’t involved with this piece otherwise I’m sure he’d feed more red meat to Democrats by blaming conservatives, the Tea Party, and/or Sarah Palin.

Although not an official series, I am planning on debunking more myths coming out of the yaps of Democrats/liberals/progressives (they’re all the same to me).

Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.

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