University of Utah launches app designed to gain more insight on hate crime

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  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    April 21, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    This sounds like a solution looking for a problem to me. And academic snowflakes are the last people capable of designing a system that works. After all, it was the U of U that went after Lynette Gay for her stand on traditional marriage, despite her vast humanitarian work for decades.

    If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    No doubt, they will yield the desired result: more hate crime activity for their reports.

    It's like the studies that claim 25% of college students are raped, yet the definition of rape is the real factor in the data. It's great for headlines, and maybe grant funding...but it hardly tells the real story.

    There is a silver lining in this story: They didn't once mention the SPLC. That's progress.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    April 21, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    Defining "hate crimes" is extremely difficult, as was seen with the need to add more and more groups to the definition in the legislation recently passed before it won approval. So much so that supporters basically claimed it "included all victims" not just the traditional "special" groups of victims based on race or sexual orientation. But everyone knows who can really claim protection and who cannot, despite the nominally expanded definition.

    So, this app will see the easily offended, or members of the "victim" groups avidly reporting the most trial perceived slights to document how they are being mistreated. Meanwhile, people beaten, robbed, assaulted or insulted who don't happen to be one of the favored protected classes will go unreported.

    As George Orwell wrote, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal."

    Improve reporting on all crimes and incidents, not just those on selected, largely self identified victim groups.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    April 20, 2019 8:46 p.m.

    How about they drop hate "crimes" and focus on actual crime instead, like maybe responding to frantic young women being stalked by murderous individuals.

    Or does the fact that Lauren McCluskey was murdered by a black person mean that it should be swept under the rug because black people cannot commit hate crimes?