Hate crime describes a set of crimes that are motivated by another person’s bias against the victim’s race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender identification, or gender expression. Typically, it involves physical and/or emotional harm and occasionally leads to the victim’s death.
But hate crimes are more than just physical violence. In the United States, the destruction and vandalization of religious property and verbal violence that interferes with housing rights and federally protect liberties are also hate crimes.
Unfortunately, hate crimes not specific to the United States. All over the world, people are discriminated against, hurt, and killed just because of who they are. And on top of an already lengthy legal procedure that includes the arrest, investigation, interviews, follow-up, and court dates, community impact and sympathetic parties to the suspect can delay criminal sentencing. Yet, there are a few instances when instant karma hits the criminal and justice is served sooner than expected.
A Bad Back
It may not have been a hate crime—yet—but back in January 2020, the FBI arrested three members of the neo-Nazi group The Band. The feds charged Luke Austin Lane, Micheal Helterbrand, and Jacob Kaderli with conspiring to murder an alleged “Antifa couple.” An undercover agent infiltrated the Georgia cell and took part in their training exercises, propaganda, and eventually learned about their plans for future assassinations. Helterbrand even confessed that he wouldn’t have a problem killing a “commie kid.” The murder never happened, though, and was even delayed because Helterbrand had a bad back. A neo-Nazi with a bad back? Hope it stays bad!
If you are witness to a hate crime, don’t wait to say something. Be the instant karma that person needs to experience and call the police. After calling the police, submit your report online to the FBI here. Don’t let hate win—stand up and speak out for what’s right.
Grindr Kidnappings and Hate Crimes
In 2019, police charged Daniel Jenkins, Daryl Henry, Michael Atkison, and Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon with conspiracy to commit hate crimes and kidnapping, and rightfully so. The four men used the gay dating app Grindr to lure victims—” dates”—to an apartment complex in Dallas, Texas, so they could violently commit hate crimes against them. They targeted their victims, specifically for their sexual orientation.
The four men committed the crimes between December 6 and December 11 in 2017. They held all nine of their victims at gunpoint, robbed them, and then physically assaulted them. On December 11, they held five people against their will, sexually assaulting three of them. The assaults were, hands down, disgraceful. One of the five hostages managed to escape and call 911. Though it took two years to bring everyone into custody, the sentence they face is karma staring at them in the face: a maximum life sentence for kidnapping and hate crimes, five years for conspiracy, and a series of hefty fines.
Shopping Bag Assault
For Rene Ladouceur, instant karma is another name for an ETS Transit Peace Officer. In December 2020 in Edmonton, Canada, Ladouceur took her shopping bag and struck a 23-year-old black woman wearing a hijab. The nearby ETS Transit Peace Officer intervened and stopped the unprovoked attack against the woman. He called the police, and they took Ladouceur into custody. They charged her with assault with a weapon. She also had nine outstanding warrants for unrelated crimes.
“The whole world is laughing at you.”
In December 2018, Brooklyn woman Anna Lushchinskaya attacked an Asian woman Michelle Tung, on a crowded New York City subway. Lushchinskaya, for no reason other than a need to express her bigotry, started kicking Tung, yelling racial slurs, and violently hitting her with her umbrella. She faced felony charges in 2020 but the judge only sentenced her to probation and anger management.
When your racist attack ends up on social media, people will remember who you are forever. As one witness said to Luschinskaya on the train, “Literally, the whole world is laughing at you.” Instant karma, in this case, is looking like a fool in the annals of the internet.
Senior Prank Stupidity
A senior prank at Glenelg High School in Maryland got more than out of hand. It turned into a full-blown hate crime. Four students snuck onto school property the night before graduation with the intention of spray painting “Class of 2018” on the sidewalk. Instead, they ended up spraying homophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist slurs.
They wore masks to avoid identification, but they forgot one thing: their cell phones—all four of their cell phones connected to the school’s Wi-Fi, giving them away. The crime earned them a few weekends of jail time.