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Do you want to know what makes it a hate crime?

"The concept behind this kind of legislation is often misconstrued but here's the deal as I understand it. The idea is that the federal Justice Department can get involved in a case to help local authorities or even to take the lead on a case if need be, in prosecuting individual serious violet crimes and murders in which the victim was selected on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability - the idea that crimes like that are intended not only to hurt or murder an individual, but to terrorize an entire community, and so there is a national interest in ensuring that those crimes are solved and prosecuted, particularly if local law enforcement doesn't want to because they are blinkered by the same prejudice that led to the crime in the first place."

Well said by Rachel Maddow.


Asked by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on May. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (99)
  • Only a moron and an idiot wouldn't know what a hate crime is. Seems to be a lot of them here on CM...

    Answer by beckcorc at 1:10 PM on May. 28, 2009

  • A crime is a crime.................


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:38 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • What if they were selected because they walked upright ?


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:39 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • Grace, then it isn't a hate crime.

    Saying Hate Crime doesn't exist is like saying terrorism doesn't exist. OR saying that all crime is terrorism.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • You clearly didn't read the quote above. It's pretty clear.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • Or because they had more money? Or were fat? ugly?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:43 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • OP- you can post as many quotes as you like. I still believe the whole "hate crime" thing is bullshit.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • Are you all honestly telling me that you don't see the difference between a mugging and a hate crime?

    Let me try an example:

    A black man is mugged in an alley. He is beaten up and his wallet is stolen. - not a hate crime

    A black man is selected by a group of people to be assualted in the street. The group beat him, they burn him and call him racist names. The write racist names in his blood on the walls, then tie him to the back of their car and drag his bloody body down the street. - this is a hate crime.

    it is meant to terrorize an entire community. The person was select on the sole basis of their identity. The crime is violent and the motive is hate. Not anger, not passion, HATE. Racism, sexism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, bigotry, these things motivate a hate crime.

    Do you really want to live in a country where these things are okay?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • I personally HATE "RICH" people and if I ever get an itch to run over someone, it will be a rich person for sure.................................


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:50 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • ITA with Rachel, OP. The issue is not one of devaluing or undermining the experience of any victim, rather, it is one of addressing the larger SOCIOLOGICAL ramifications of crimes intended to send a message to an entire group of people. If say, someone in another country tortured an American to send a message to all American/our government, would we not deal with that differently than if the person tortured was selected at random and for the purpose of fulfilling the perpetrators sick fantasies? I think we need to address the very real problem of people using hate crimes to deter people from living in certain areas, going to certain schools, working certain jobs, etc. The "hate" in the crime is the tool being used to control & deter; it needs to be addressed.


    Answer by BubbaLuva at 12:51 PM on May. 1, 2009