Opinion: Reaction to synagogue held hostage shows double standard for hate crimes

Michael Graham

When word broke that a gunman had taken hostages at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, most Americans assumed it was another anti-Semitic attack against members of the Jewish community. When the news came the gunman was a Muslim, 44-year-old British citizen Malik Faisal Akram demanding the release of an Islamist terrorist, those suspicions appeared to be confirmed.