Rick Perry Signed Hate Crimes Bill in Texas

Kelly Holt, The New American, August 31, 2011

Not long after Rick Perry became Governor of Texas, according to an Associated Pressrelease on May 12, 2001 he signed the James Byrd Hate Crimes Act (HB 587) named for a black man in Jasper, Texas, who was dragged to death behind a pickup in 1998.

In a bill-signing ceremony on May 11, 2001 Perry said:

As the Governor of our diverse state, in all matters it is my desire to seek common ground for the common good. In the end, we are all Texans and we must be united as we walk together into the future. That’s why today I have signed House Bill 587 into law. Texas has always been a tough-on-crime state. With my signature today, Texas now has stronger criminal penalties against crime motivated by hate.

President Obama signed a similar law, and the Texas statute signed by Perry does effectively establish a special “protected class” status including enhanced sentencing for crimes allegedly motivated by bias against it.

Steve Baldwin longtime conservative author, campaign consultant and researcher, noted in World Net Daily (WND) on August 14, 2011:

Such a law gives harsher sentences to certain crimes based upon a person’s perceived bias to some class or group. But juries really can’t determine what’s in a person’s heart and, besides, all crime should be punished equally, regard[less] of the race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. of the victim. In other words, under hate-crimes law, if someone beats up a white person and then beats up a gay person, they receive a heavier sentence for the latter crime. This makes a travesty of the concept of equal application of the law and is likely unconstitutional.

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{snip} The AP article reported that then-Governor Bush refused to sign a similar law during his tenure, rightfully claiming that all crimes are hate crimes. The article continued, “Texas already has a hate-crimes law that increases penalties if a crime is proven to be ‘motivated by bias or prejudice,’ but that law does not list specific categories of people who are protected.”

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  • Anonymoose

    The problem with hate crime legislation is that assault, mayhem and homicide already are crimes. Any of these actions already are presumed to have been carried out under improper motives unless proven otherwise, as in an instance of self defense. The idea of a hate crime is a tempting concept, I suppose, but provides nothing beyond what the law already provides except a great potential for abuse and unequal application.

  • Anonymous

    Never vote for Perry! He is a traitor to the USA (White race)and to our sovereignty. Texas is FULL of Mexicans and illegals! Ever been to El Paso? All of Texas will be like that in a few years. How about Houston and all the blacks when Texas invited in all the Katrina “victims”. Perry knows that the hate crime law is anti-White to the core! Romney isn’t much better.

    Below is another 10 reasons not to vote for Perry from the amren archives.

    http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2011/08/ten_reasons_why.php

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Perry, how about the Christian/Newsome torture, rape and murders, how about the black Carr brothers murdering and raping those Whites in Wichita? How about the thousands of cases of black on white crimes daily? Not enough hate to you?

    Oh and btw, I remember distinctly, a BLACK man dragging a WHITE man to death also a few years back. Do you remember any of these cases, Perry? Thought not.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a conservative. I am a White nationalist fighter.

    I wish people would stop lumping the White resistance in with conservatism.

    Conservatives have done absolutely nothing to help us since George Wallace. I hope no amremers give money to consevative foundations for their nonsense.

  • WR the elder

    Perry is a disaster. No wonder the media is pumping him up.

  • Jack in Chicago

    I hope everyone understands that the huge push to get Tex Governor Rick Perry to be the Conservative candidate for the GOP nomination is based on Protestant Religious Right forces who are obsessed with stopping the nomination of Mitt Romney who is horrors of horrors from the Church of Latter Day Saints – and yes the LDS church was once all White, didn’t let Blacks in the Priesthood.

    Those of us living in urban American are not really that scared that White Mormons will come in to our neighborhoods and do drive by shootings. And we were really never all paranoid about THE RUSSIANS or THE GERMANS or the BRITISH etc.

    I’m not at all anti Christian, but these Religious Right Evangelicals are a real curse for our people. If I was a White Roman I would have thrown them all to the lions.

  • Anonymous

    Wait till the morons elect Perry. He will then be labeled the first HISPANIC president. He looks half mexican, and judging by some of his actions, he is 100% behind the invasion.

  • waspranger

    Indeed, this perry is nothing if just another mealy mouth con man,he will be another bush.I see right though this person, he should not even be considered for president.

  • Fr. John

    Does anyone else still think he’s a Christian, either?

    Clearly, Perry is merely Bush III, under a different name. Neither his policies, nor his pretense at religious piety has swayed me. Better Ron Paul, who has been consistent in his TALK AND his WALK, for over 30 years, than an imposter like “Nuestro Perry.”

  • SunnyvaleSal

    Anon #4: “I am not a conservative. I am a White nationalist fighter. I wish people would stop lumping the White resistance in with conservatism.”

    Totally right! What we have now does not merit being conserved. Obama may be bad, but Perry would be worse. More illegals or illegals being made legal combined with a lower minimum wage would just get us further down the road we are on now. On the other hand, if we are all slaves perhaps we can compete with China!

    (Note to the literal minded: This is a joke. America should not try to be like China. We should be an independent White nation producing our own goods and food. And yes I would be willing to pay more for these things if it means racial survival and freedom.)

  • Luke

    Rick Perry is, without the slightest doubt whatsoever, a globalist, he is pro open-borders and on record as being pro- NAFTA and the North American Union. Rick Perry is like Jorge Wmd Boosh on steroids. Perry is on record as saying that he wants to erase the borders between Mexico and the USA and Canada and allow the free movement of people across those borders. Anyone of White European descent who is a regular AmRen reader and who has an IQ larger than their shoe size, should fully understand that this would mean a massive and never ending invasion of fast-breeding Hispanics into America and this means that White European people would be literally buried under an avalanche of non-European aliens, people who are totally unlike ourselves in every critical and measurable way, people with whom we share no common history, no common values, no common language or customs or traditions or genetic lineage.

    At this point, allow me to cite Article 2 of the 1947/1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:

    [ begin quote ]

    Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;

    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    [ end quote ]

    Thus, it should be perfectly, crystal clear that Rick Perry supports and openly has advocated for policies that are designed to ‘deliberately inflict on White Europeans conditions of life calculated to bring about it’s physical destruction in whole or in part’.

    How is this so? Simple. Rick Perry supports race displacement of White European people inside their own historic, native homelands. Rick Perry supports policies that will guarantee the reduction to minority status of the founding stock of this nation, which will thereby place White Europeans into a position of being subjugated to rule by non-European people – who are clearly hostile to Whites and who have actually been publicly demonstrating with signs that tell Whites to carry their butts back to Europe, because Hispanics are taking over North America. Not only that, but a few of the more outspoken and arrogant Mexican spokesman like Juan José Gutiérrez have called for the ethnic cleansing of all Whites from the Southwest, even if that means killing whites and their children to accomplish that objective. Need I go into any greater detail as to how dangerous it would be for White Europeans in America to be reduced to a minority inside their own native homelands and subjugated to being ruled over by Mexicans who harbor such sentiments as these?

    Rick Perry supports white genocide, as it is officially defined and codified into International Law by the 1947/1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Rick Perry, being a globalist and internationalist, does not believe in the sovereignty of nations and is an advocate for One World, Totalitarian Government. Rick Perry is also a war mongering RINO who believes that the USA should fund and fight any number of bankrupting wars that the a certain foreign nation and their 5th column inside the US decides to lie and connive us into.

    And, lastly – but most importantly, Rick Perry is a con-artist and a blow-dried snake-oil salesman. He realizes that his record on all of the issues I cited above is in direct opposition to the wishes of the vast majority of the America-first, anti-open borders, protecting America’s sovereignty, non-interventionist, traditional conservative, overwhelmingly White European base of the GOP. So, with this in mind – this latest news story out of Texas – concerning Texas deporting foreign convicts – needs to be seen for what it is – a political stunt by Rick Perry and the globalist forces who are pulling this rat’s strings – to fool the GOP base into thinking this guy is tough on illegal immigration.

    Nothing could be farther from the truth. Do not be fooled by these political opportunistic flip-flops. Remember Jorge Wmd Boosch lying during his first run for office, and saying that he thought ‘America needed to adopt a more humble foreign policy, one that was less interventionist’? I think he even suggested that we needed to close down some of these overseas bases and bring our troops home, to protect America. That rat was lying then, and concealing his globalist-internationalist-interventionist beliefs – just as Rick Perry is lying and conniving today, to pull the wool over the eyes of the same group of GOP voters.

    Don’t fall for it again. Ron Paul is who we want in the White House. Not another Texas bull manure spreader.

  • Anonymous

    Not long after Rick Perry became Governor of Texas, according to an Associated Pressrelease on May 12, 2001 he signed the James Byrd Hate Crimes Act (HB 587) named for a black man in Jasper, Texas, who was dragged to death behind a pickup in 1998.

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    For the umpteenth time, I want to state again to AmRen posters:

    Look up “colorado springs dragging death.”

    Here’s one little link; you have to google more to find out the whole gruesome truth, and the vast criminality of this black woman and her whole family.

    http://tinyurl.com/3j5omy9

    Here, about a year ago, a black thug lady tore a tow truck driver (white) literally to pieces, dragging him several miles. I know the whole route, beginning to end. Just read up on the details. All his limbs came off, and he died AT the hospital.

    Many people screamed, honked, etc. to get the black murderer to stop. She drove off and left the man’s mutilated (still living) hulk in the road. Blood stains for miles.

    Her husband…get this…is in prison for vehicular homicide, and for covering it up.

    Her whole family is in& out of jail.

    The national media totally blacked out the story.

    Even AmRen will not report it?

    No one will comment?

    Please read up on this, it was an outrage, that THIS MURDERER WAS NOT EVEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. She was not even ARRESTED they day of the atrocity.

    This is all true. At present, I believe she faces at most, about eleven years in prison…maybe twenty, but, ironically, not for the real crime itself!

    Will someone please pick up this discussion?

    When it happens in your hometown, and it is so outrageous, and no one cares, you’d expect a group like AmREn, at least, to comment…

  • ATBOTL

    Perry is the worst candidate in the whole GOP field on the most important issues.

  • HH

    “#4 Anonymous”

    Amen!! I cannot stand this automatic conflation of White self- interests with political conservatism. While I am no liberal by any stetch of the imaginiation, neither do I subscribe to much of what is deemed polticially conservative – at least not these days! While liberalism is indeed an enemy to our race, consevratism is hardly better – and at times even worse!

    The Rick Perry’s and all his ilk are no better suited to lead our people than any talking head with a “D” before their name.

    The sooner Whites wise up and stop being sucked in by every Tom, Dick and Harry(or Harriet)that utters a few standard conservative shibboleths, the sooner we might have a chance of electing someone who cares, even slightly, about that which affects us!

  • Paleface 6

    4 — Anonymous wrote at 8:21 PM on August 31:

    “I am not a conservative. I am a White nationalist fighter.

    “I wish people would stop lumping the White resistance in with conservatism.

    “Conservatives have done absolutely nothing to help us since George Wallace. I hope no amremers give money to consevative foundations for their nonsense.”

    ————

    I believe it was Harold Covington who wrote, “A racist is someone who wants to save his race. A conservative is someone who wants to save his money.”

    I believe that it is time for us to begin to consider ourselves as White Nationalist fighters, as “Anonymous” calls himself, not merely race realists. That doesn’t mean to go out and commit crimes; it means to change our mindset and to prepare ourselves. That way, we won’t get taken by surprise when events begin to unfold.

  • Carpenter

    It’s either Rick Perry or Mitt Romney. Take your pick. I don’t care.

    But remember this my friends an Ayn Randian-ist (like Ron Paul) will never be accepted by Christians because she is burning in HELL. A Tea-tarian like Michelle Bachmann will never be accepted because she is a JOKE.

    The bottomline is that Nixon, Reagan and GHW Bush won REAL BIG because they attracted enough ‘moderate’ Democrats to win 49 States, 44 States, 49 States and 40 States (respectively) without the support of the Libertarians.

    Richard Nixon won 49 States and the Libertarians of that day were George McGovern-ites. IN fact they still love McGovern!

    Reagan won massive landslides and the Libertarians who hated him got less than 1% of the vote. And then Papa Bush won big with 40 States (thanks to some leftover Reagan Democrats) while Ron Paul received about 1/10 of 1% of the vote nationwide.

    So it’s either Rick Perry or Mitt Romney. Take your pick. Or don’t vote.

  • steven clark

    It wasn’t Harold Covington who said that, but George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi party.

    As for Perry, I look at him and think George Bush III.

    Maybe it’s time for a third party? No, it’s time for a third country. I want out.

  • DBAllyn

    Rick “the fairy” Perry is another Bush-style neo-con who tried to push through mandatory Guardasil vaccinations, is opposed to securing the TX-Mexico border and was richly compensated for promoting the TTC.

    Oh, and by the way, in case anyone has forgotten, he was Al Gore’s campaign manager in Texas.

  • Question Diversity

    16 Carpenter:

    Nice pre-packaged response you have there.

    Remember, Ron Paul heartedly supported Reagan’s 1976 campaign and mildly his 1980 campaign. In 1984, he was silent on Reagan b/c Reagan supported Phil Gramm against Ron Paul for a Texas U.S. Senate seat.

    “Either Rick Perry or Mitt Romney.” Okay, I get to pick being shot and being hung. The only reason I would vote for either one over Obama is because of race. The United States of America is a white country and at the very least its Federal government’s chief executive should be white. Otherwise, I expect nothing but disappointment from either.

    You keep saying that Nixon “won,” Reagan “won” and the two Bushes “won.” What did we “win” in the process? All of them peddled affirmative action in their own ways, Reagan and Bush 41 signed immigration amnesty or liberalization bills, Bush 43 wanted amnesty.

    Your problem is that you’re hung up on red team blue team histrionics. They say politics are Hollywood for the ugly — I also now think they’re team sports for the unathletic. I admit that the statgeekery of conventional red-blue politics is my opiate. Unlike you, I admit my addiction.

    By the way, until I see you walk on water, I’m not going to take your advice on who went way up there or way down there very seriously.

  • Nicholai Hel

    Perry is a Bilderberger. He is being groomed for the highest office as the lesser-of-two-evils, an Evangelical Dominionist. God speaks to him, he claims. The same as Bush 2.

    During hard economic times the common folk tend to cast about for a religious leader to strengthen the nation. Perry comes off as a charlatan. I can see him adding to the war of attrition in the Mideast, not subtracting from it. He wants an apocalypse to validate his personal beliefs.

    No thanks for me, Rick. Time to fold your revival tent.

  • Anonymous

    11 — Luke wrote at 2:43 AM on September 1:

    Great post Luke. I agree. I am pleased to see so many poster who are not on the neocon bandwagon. They have sold us down the river as much as the lefties have.

    ———————————————————

    Also this one is also enlightening.

    12 — Anonymous wrote at 3:55 AM on September 1:

    Here, about a year ago, a black thug lady tore a tow truck driver (white) literally to pieces, dragging him several miles. I know the whole route, beginning to end. Just read up on the details. All his limbs came off, and he died AT the hospital.

    Many people screamed, honked, etc. to get the black murderer to stop. She drove off and left the man’s mutilated (still living) hulk in the road. Blood stains for miles.

    Her husband…get this…is in prison for vehicular homicide, and for covering it up.

    Her whole family is in& out of jail.

    The national media totally blacked out the story.

    Even AmRen will not report it?

    No one will comment?

    Please read up on this, it was an outrage, that THIS MURDERER WAS NOT EVEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. She was not even ARRESTED they day of the atrocity.

    This is all true. At present, I believe she faces at most, about eleven years in prison…maybe twenty, but, ironically, not for the real crime itself!

    Will someone please pick up this discussion?

    When it happens in your hometown, and it is so outrageous, and no one cares, you’d expect a group like AmREn, at least, to comment…

    ———————————————–

    This is terrible! Well, I CARE! Contact Amren and have them print it. Send them the link.

    I remember reading something about this but I can’t remember where. it had to be on a WN site, I am sure. Maybe Amren did post it, I don’t remember.

  • Anonymous

    I believe it was Harold Covington who wrote, “A racist is someone who wants to save his race. A conservative is someone who wants to save his money.”

    —————————————————————

    Amreners we need to remember this line and repeat it everytime we are called a racist. Yes, save our race!

    After “a conservative wants to save his money”, maybe add a liberal is someone who loves to spend YOUR money through forced taxation.

  • Paleface 6

    @ Steven Clark:

    Thank you for the correction. The incorrect assertion was mine.

  • SunnyvaleSal

    19 Question Diversity: “The only reason I would vote for either one [Perry or Romney] over Obama is because of race.”

    That was the one reason that I was slightly (and I mean very slightly) pleased that Obama won. It was very clear that both candidates were acceptable to the Powers That Be. They always are. Unless Ron Paul gets the nomination, they will be again. This means his or her main task will be more destruction (and racial destruction is the most permanent form of destruction). I would far rather see a non-White further destroy America than a White. Why? For the same reason I would be ashamed if a distant relative was a serial killer. He could be so distant that not only did I never meet him, but that I never had contact with a family member who had meet him; I would still feel he was a blotch on the family’s reputation.

    If it is Perry/Romney vs. Obama, vote for a small political party or write someone in. This will give moral support to others who feel the Republicans and Democrats are hopeless and you won’t have the disasters that follow on your conscience.

  • June

    My husband wishes Perry would quit advertising that he went to Texas A&M. And if anyone is for open borders, then Perry is your man.

  • John Engelman

    Rick Perry is opposed to the graduated income tax, Social Security, and Medicare.

    http://goo.gl/4z9X4

    The same white blue collar workers who are threatened by black crime are threatened by the economic policies Rick Perry advocates.

  • Anonymous

    12 — Anonymous wrote at 3:55 AM on September 1:

    Here, about a year ago, a black thug lady tore a tow truck driver (white) literally to pieces, dragging him several miles. I know the whole route, beginning to end. Just read up on the details. All his limbs came off, and he died AT the hospital.

    Remember the black female NURSE who hit a White man he was smashed up on the hood in the windshield. She drove to her garage and locked the door. He was impaled on the broken glass.

    She brought black friends to gloat. It took him several days to die.

    She was charged with manslaughter and maybe murder 3. It did get national attention. She was convicted. She was a nurse.

    That is what works in our hospitals. A White woman, 63 years old in my building was raped in a hospital by the black male nurse’s aide who was wheeling her to surgery. He was caught and jailed. It was not some county hospital. It was a hospital that advertises itself as one of the 10 best in the country.

  • margaret

    4 — Anonymous wrote at 8:21 PM on August 31:

    I am not a conservative. I am a White nationalist fighter.

    I wish people would stop lumping the White resistance in with conservatism.

    Conservatives have done absolutely nothing to help us since George Wallace. I hope no amremers give money to consevative foundations for their nonsense.

    Thank you!!!! like you I am absolutely not a conservative and vociferously deny it when anyone calls me a conservative. White survival and resistance are my only causes.

    Abortion, gays and most sickening of all American patriotism and the religion that has betrayed us all are not on my agenda.

    The White resistance is not a conservative cause. We are radicals. We want to restore 14th amendment rights to Whites. It is the most radical, far out extreme position in American politics today.

    I don’t even like to get immigration issues because all we hear is “Let’s get rid of the illegals but let in every intelligent Asian in the world so they can take our high tech jobs. Maybe if we get enough of them they can offset the abysmal black and hispanic math scores in international rankings.”

    I detest so called conservatives especially Beck and the whole Fox news crew.

  • Anonymous

    Since all hispanic perpetrators of hate crimes are classified as White we will soon see a massive rise in White actually hispanic on black hate crimes in Texas.

  • Question Diversity

    19 SunnyvaleSal:

    The reason I’m not going to argue with you is because Rick Perry and Mitt Romney aren’t worth arguing over. Nothing will get really better with either one as President as opposed to a second Obama term. If nothing changes, my primary vote will be for Michele Bachmann, in spite of all her flaws, because she has the best chance to make some real changes, albeit marginal changes, for the better. However, she will never be President for the same reason no woman will every be elected President, because women voters won’t stand for it, knit picking on some superficial “queen bee syndrome” factor. I think women create their own glass ceiling.

  • Anonymous

    “Amen!! I cannot stand this automatic conflation of White self- interests with political conservatism. While I am no liberal by any stetch of the imaginiation, neither do I subscribe to much of what is deemed polticially conservative – at least not these days! While liberalism is indeed an enemy to our race, consevratism is hardly better – and at times even worse!”

    Finally I am seeing comments on Amren that I have been saying for most of my life. So-Called Conservatives in the Rush Limbaugh vain are our biggest enemy.in fact, because VDare the anti-immigration site as so many Michele Malkin types I stopped donating to them. I get very frustrated when I see people basically equating Conservatism with White Nationalism on this site.Conservatives are our enemies, plain and simple.

  • Jed

    Beat a black, hate crime. Beat a gay, hate crime, and on and on.

    Why isn’t it a hate crime to beat ANYONE into a coma ?

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