On March 31, a White man allegedly threw rocks at an Asian American woman’s car in Orange County, Calif. He was charged with a hate crime.
A few days later, in Riverside, Calif., Ke Chieh Meng was stabbed to death while walking her dog. The woman accused of stabbing her was not charged with a hate crime, but the victim’s family wonders whether she was targeted because of her race. What makes one incident a hate crime and the other not? It’s a perplexing question for victims’ families and allies