I don't think it was racially fueled. I do think it was fueled by an idiot under the influence of alcohol. I am not discounting his racial comments, but I do not think it was the primarly cause of his attack on the child. The guy is a fucking idiot and I hope he gets the book thrown at him.
There's really no evidence that it was a racially fueled attack other then the language used. Yes the man is guilty of hate, he hated/hates to be annoyed or disturbed in any way, especially when he'd had a few drinks. However, if hating being annoyed or having a strong dislike for being annoyed is a hate crime, then we've probably all been guilty of it at some point in our lives, we just don't act on it in a physically harmful manner although our language at such times is probably questionable. According to another post, the man lost his job which, in my opinion, he should have and he'll now face assault charges, also appropriate. Yep there are hate crimes as determined by legal definition but we need to be careful not to allow or use a broader definition lest every bad, unthinking, inappropriate act or use of language be deemed a hate crime
Black or not he shouldn't have put his hand on the child...Yes the baby was crying but only because of the elevation change if he didn't like it he should have asked to be moved if possible. I was on a plane with my daughter around his age and yes her ears were bugging her because she told me but if someone laid a hand on my child I would have asked to be moved and then when we land pursue with pressing charges.