The News Journal reports:
Three more robbery attacks by a gang of assailants near the Canby Park Shopping Center in Christiana Hundred have Delaware State Police alerting the Hispanic community that residents are being victimized in these recent strong-arm robberies.
Though police said all but one of the victims were Hispanic and the robberies were reportedly committed by assailants who are not of Hispanic descent, the incidents are not being classified legally as hate crimes.
My emphasis. "... and the robberies were reportedly committed by assailants who are not of Hispanic descent." You've gotta be joking. This must be News Journal-speak for saying that the assailants were black. In the article's comment section, one commenter links to the police report which shows the attackers were black. And there's your reason why these aren't going to be considered hate crimes!
Why can't the News Journal state this most obvious of physical traits ... as the police report indicates? Why do local radio stations note the attackers' race? (I heard a report on WDEL this afternoon saying that the assailants were "several black males ages 16-20.") If we had only the WNJ to go by, we'd be on the lookout for a group of white men. Or Asian men. Or black men. Or Indian men. Or middle eastern-looking men.