Hate Crime Frightens Former Detroit Couple, Even After Tormentor’s Conviction

Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, March 12, 2012

Inside the mailbox outside their Detroit home, a noose was tucked in an envelope.

Along with the 4-inch twisted rope were photos of black men being lynched, a photo of the slain body of Nicole Brown Simpson and a message saying that’s what happens to white women who love black men.

The recipients were Carl Smith, 48, who is African American, and his wife, Susan Smith, 50, who is white.

The FBI got a lucky break. The sender’s DNA was found on the noose. He was eventually caught and prosecuted and was sentenced last month.

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The government says hate crimes remain a pervasive problem in the U.S., targeting thousands of Americans every year.

Statistics show, however, that hate crimes have been steadily declining over the last decade. In 2010, more than 6,620 hate crimes were reported to the FBI, down a third from the roughly 9,700 reported in 2001. {snip}

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For U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, hate crimes are especially troublesome because of who they target.

“Hate crimes are more egregious than regular crimes because they are intended to intimidate an entire class of people, not just an individual victim,” McQuade said.

She noted that federal hate crime laws have stiffer penalties than basic assault statutes. There’s a reason for that, she said:

“To send a message that our multicultural society will not tolerate violence that targets victims because of their race, ethnicity, religion or other factors.”

Hate crime statutes are on the books in 45 states and Washington, D.C. Federal hate crime laws can carry sentences ranging from a year to life in prison—even the death penalty can be imposed in hate crimes involving murder.

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Glenn Morgan Jr., 41, of Detroit was sentenced in February to three months in prison for mailing the threats to them. Morgan, who faced 12-18 months in prison under a plea deal, also was ordered to perform 200 hours community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

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The Smiths said they eventually learned how Morgan tracked them down: He saw an article about them in the Free Press that described the couple giving out Barack Obama signs during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Carl and Susan Smith, who met at a deli while Susan was making corned beef sandwiches, got married in January 2007. But instead of going on a honeymoon, they decided to get politically involved and spent their money making and donating campaign signs for Obama.

The Smiths said they were stunned by what they learned about Morgan. It turned out he is African American, has a doctorate degree and often wrote freelance articles for newspapers such as the Michigan Citizen about issues facing African Americans.

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Susan and Carl Smith

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  • Typical Hoax.

    • tacheles

      I take issue with the hoax characterization. It implies that a hateful act is only “real” when perpetrated by whites and that blacks are incapable of hateful acts and therefore what appears to be a hateful act is not “real”, i.e. a hoax, when perpetrated by a black individual.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “The Smiths said they were stunned by what they learned about Morgan. It turned out he is African American, has a doctorate degree and often wrote freelance articles for newspapers such as the Michigan Citizen about issues facing African Americans.”

    Issues facing African Americans? Issues THEY created themselves. The Hate crime hoax will continue until stories like this make national news…crickets chirping out here in CA.

  • Hirschibold

    I read a book about racial hoaxes several years back, which really highlighted the comically complex lengths that some people will go to. One specific story involved a rabbi who painted a swastika on his synagogue to “raise awareness.” When a local skinhead found out what he had done, he visited the synagogue with a can of black spray-paint, intending to cover the Swastika tag, so that the Rabbi could not use it to his advantage.

    I doubt the Klan even burns crosses anymore. All it would accomplish would be to fill the coffers of the race-hustlers.

    • The_Bobster

      Half the Klan members work for the FBI. They’re the type that would incite the other members to burn crosses and then have them arrested.

      • Alexandra1973

        I can’t help but think of Hal Turner (though to my knowledge he isn’t KKK).

  • dmxinc

    These articles are the most discouraging to me.  I’ve read that you’re not conquered until your women are conquered.

    Here this white woman not only hooks up with this black guy, but forgoes their honeymoon to campaign for Obama! Talk about drinking the Kool Aid.

    How does a nation recover from citizens like this one?

  • So the guys a black supremacist who doesn’t like racial intermarriage. The only thing surprising here is that people don’t ever think there are such people in this country. Got news, there are plenty of black supremacists roaming America.

  • Detroit_WASP

    They interviewed the couple on local TV.  The white woman sounded like a cross between black and a piece of white trash.  

    The black PhD who made the threats is just a nut job of the Louis Farakan variety.  

  • Ironic.  The guy looks like Samuel L. Jackson.  Jackson starred in a movie called “Lakeview Terrace” in which he plays a black cop that terrorizes an interracial couple. 

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “… has a doctorate degree ”
    No doubt a degree in Hate Whitey.

  •  “But instead of going on a honeymoon, they decided to get politically involved and spent their money making and donating campaign signs for Obama.”<<  how sick is this woman??

    p.s. great job analyzing that "stunning" news in the final paragraph there Detroit Free Press!  I guess it is just "dog bites man" huh?