HATE CRIMES. We have made this special title for a regular-ass crime, against a person who happens to possess a protected status, kinda like an animal with endangered-species protection. What are they? Lots. Race. Gender. Sexual orientation. Nationality. The UK, as another thread shows, wants obesity to be one. Yep, being a common fat-ass may get you protected "special" status. So raping a skinny person? Just regular rape. Rape a fat person? OH, thats a HATE crime. See how it works? Well, a person can be fat one day, then not fat a year later. They can change that status. I suppose a person who gets robbed and beat up, and REALLY wants to screw their attackers, can tell cops (all of a sudden) "And I'm gay", and THEN the cops will really go after the bad guys. Cuz then it's not just a average robbery with an ass kicking. It's a robbery and ass kicking.....on a GAY GUY!!! Thats national news, contraversy, HATE CRIME, and they have to work extra hard to solve it. So, since we've established that this protected hate crime "status" can be just that...a "status" that one can gain or shed with time or desire to claim it (fatness, gayness).........I propose being rich become a status for hate crime. There is a lot of anger towards the rich these days. OWS people have violent statements and signs toward the minority group called the rich. Like fat people and gay people, being rich is something some people CANT avoid (inheritance), and also like being fat or gay a person can aquire rich status just like a straight person can claim gayhood, or just eat a lot and get fat so they can become a REAL victim. So, how can we be sure that if a rich guy is carjacked and shot, he wasn't carjacked and shot just because he's rich? I mean....if a man driving a Jag in a blue collar neighborhood is robbed, while all the guys driving Fords and Chevys aren't, its safe to say the attacker targeted the man just because he is rich. So verbal threats towards the rich, just like those towards a gay person, or fat person, should possibly be considered a hate crime. And as Obama and the left say.........this is necessary due to FAIRNESS to all minority groups who may be targeted simply for their status that makes them different from most others. Lets be fair, and protect everyone, including the rich!