Police are currently “investigating” whether or not the placement of a burning cross on a gay man’s lawn in Athens, TN along with a “derogatory message” constitutes a hate crime. When has a burning cross on a lawn been anything other than a hate crime? Shouldn’t the investigation last about as long as it takes to read the message that we imagine was along the lines of “Die, Faggot, Die”?
The local sheriff says that this is the first cross-burning incident in the county’s history, and explains, “Right now we are looking at all angles. It’s a concern because it’s a crime.”