Hate crime bill passes first reading
COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– South Carolina’s hate crime legislation is one step closer to becoming law. Wednesday afternoon, the measure known as the Clementa Pinckney Bill passed its first reading in the House. The bill’s sponsors say it will send a clear message that hate is not tolerated in South Carolina.
The bill must pass two more readings before Wednesday’s crossover deadline to be considered in the Senate.
Prior to Tuesday’s vote, Kershaw County Republican Representative Victor Dabney posted on Facebook his reasons for voting no. Dabney writes, in part, “our entire way of life has been vilified by the left; it’s our whiteness and our “straightness” that keeps getting in the way.” He adds that he is told “we are the reason that blacks can’t seem to succeed in our society. We are the reason that black crime rates are ten times that of others. We are the reason that the black family unit has been destroyed and most young black children don’t have a father figure in the home.”
He has since deleted the post.
We left a message with Representative Dabney to give him a chance to expand on his comments. We have not yet received a response.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson took to Twitter with his response.
Robertson called for House Speaker Jay Lucas to remove Dabney from his committee assignments.