I have serious problems with the concept of a 'hate crime'. (We should punish people for what they do, not what they were thinking, but that's another argument.) But it's something I feel I understand, even if I can't fully agree with it.
A crime committed against a person because they are black, or gay, or disabled, or different in some way, is a nasty thing. But the whole point of a hate crime is that the victim is chosen because of something they cannot help - their skin colour, or sexuality, or physical or mental abilities.
Which is why this story is baffling me so much (thanks to Subrosa and several others):