Hate-Crime in Torrance

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Barbara Lopez, Staff Writer

Although society in America has improved, it has not progressed enough, or at least not to its full extent. Recently, a hate crime was committed in Torrance, CA.

  On Monday, January 9th, 2017 near Richardson Middle School, the phrase “KILL WHITES” was written with what seemed to be toilet paper.

  According to Larry Altman from The Daily Breeze, the police spotted the act of hate in the early hours. Altman stated, “Residents began calling police about 7:40 A.M. when the phrase became visible on the hillside of Los Arboles Park, commonly known as Rocketship Park, on Calle de Ricardo.”

  Danielle Swenson (11) said, “It makes me feel scared — whether they’re joking or not — that people feel that way towards an entire race. I don’t think the phrase is justifiable. The anger associated with it is partially  justifiable, but the way that they handle their anger is not.”

  Swenson said she found the matter to be  hypocritical: “Just because a certain race has been hostile does not mean it is okay to do the same thing. It does not solve anything.”

   Arthur Keeling (11) shared his thoughts on the matter. He said, “Personally, I think it isn’t that big a deal. There are so many people in the world that you should expect different ideas.”

  Even though he felt that freedom of expression is inevitable, Keeling argued that the phrase was too aggressive: “I do think ideas become alarming when “kill” is involved. This may lead to the risk of dangerous actions occurring.”

  The hate-crime committed in Rocketship Park on January 9, 2017 may not have been the best of news, but it’s the actions that one may take today which can lead to a better tomorrow.