I guess -
The question regarding the two articles aside - I agree that the standard of 'hate crime' is far too subjective, and I don't like the concept . . .
I'm like anyone else, I remember being irritated at a black woman in a college class that implied that, as a white male, I had just never had hardship. At the time I was putting myself through college while living well below the poverty line, was living off of a combination of school loans, GI Bill, and minimum wage.
Despite that, the blunt fact is that although it's foolish and self-centered to believe that as a white male I had no problems, it is *also* self-centered to be unaware that there are problems I never had to deal with. A wealthy black woman may not have my own issues, but she is blessed with an entire set of her own that I will never have to deal with, and a poor black woman gets the joy of getting to deal with both sets!
When you take all that into account - do I have a problem with minority getting a parade and special help to deal with *specific* problems that, as a white male, I'm not going to ever have to deal with?
I'm all for the recognition that everyone has problems. Some people have done nothing to merit getting all the same problems everyone else has to deal with, plus an entire set of others that have been foisted off on them by societal bullshit. I don't need a 'parade' to remind people of my history as a caucasian, the only issue I really have to deal with because I am a caucasian is the sometimes others don't remember that it doesn't imply some immunity to having problems.
Neither of these is true of someone that is a minority. When we get to the point where that is the case, then I'll consider reappraising my opinion on that.