A black woman is facing hate crime charges after allegedly assaulting a white woman outside of a bus in North Portland. Reports indicate that the suspect allegedly said “I hate white people” while engaging in the assault.
Read that again:
“I hate white people.”
Janae Jordan was allegedly pummeled right in front of her husband and child on January 19th by 42-year-old Nimo Jire Kalinle. The incident allegedly occurred right after Kalinle had stepped off of the bus stopped at North Fremont Street and Gantenbein Avenue.
During the unprovoked assault, the victim asked Kalinle why she was attacking her. According to a probable cause affidavit, Kalinle stated:
“It’s because you’re white and I hate white people.”
The husband of the victim intervened, and was able to restrain the suspect while waiting for police to arrive. Court documents showed that the suspect was apprehended and charged with fourth-degree felony assault, first-degree bias crime, second-degree bias crime, and two counts of interfering with public transportation.
Court documents further alleged that the victim had no previous interaction with Kalinle, citing the time of the assault as the first time ever seeing her. Kalinle went before a judge regarding the case on February 24th, where she pled not guilty to the charges levied. She’s scheduled for her next court appearance on March 6th.
While every form of crime motivated by a racial or ethnic bias is disturbing, it’s not often to see suspected black offenders make headlines similar to suspected white offenders. This is despite the fact that for every 2 reported hate crimes involving a white suspect, there’s on average 1 reported where the suspect is identified as black or African American.
While white suspects account for 53.6 percent of reported hate crimes, black suspects are reported 24 percent of the time. What makes those numbers disturbing is that the black population in America is slightly below 13 percent, while the white population sits at around 61 percent.
So, while the white population consists of the majority of hate crime offenders recorded by the FBI, it’s a population 4.6 times greater than the African American community. Meaning that a population over four times as great is committing hate crimes at a rate slightly over twice as high as the other, considerably smaller isolated population.
If the populations were adjusted to identical levels (i.e. a 1-to-1 instead of a 4.6-to-1), then you’d see that African Americans are actually twice as likely to commit a hate crime when compared to their white counterparts.
Crimes motivated by a racial bias are of concern, but keep in mind that the mainstream media is framing a picture not representing the entire truth.