Alicia Hardin, the 19-year-old African-American student who anonymously sent “racist” letters to fellow minorities, may become the strangest conviction ever for hate crimes. Hardin, who wanted to convince her parents to withdraw her from Trinity International University, was manifestly not motivated by racial hatred. It was a lie to her parents that, as they say, “went bad.” Why, then, does Hardin face a hate crime charge? The whole concept of hate crimes, as many have said before, punishes not hate but political incorrectness. Yet these laws say nothing about rampant black-on-black crime, which is a far bigger problem in society. No question that racism is bad, but let’s face it: All crimes reflect a certain degree of hate toward our fellow man. Let’s agree to convict people for the crimes they actually commit, but not try to divine their state of mind while doing it.