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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Are Hate Crimes?

What are hate crimes? Why do we need them.
There is a lot of commotion regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida. If Zimmerman is tried and found guilty, he will be found guilty on murder or manslaughter changer. But there is also talk about this being a hate crime. I gave it some thought and I'm going to try to answer the question, What are hate crimes?

The first question you have to ask is, "Where do hate crimes come from?" I tried to track the history of hate crimes and see when they came about and where they came from, exactly. The best I could do was trace some link to the civil rights movement of the 1960's. During the 1990's there were several Acts of Congress passed regarding reporting and information gathering on hate crimes, but still no exact source.


To me, hate crimes are a concoction developed by bleeding-heart-liberals who are trying to cover up their own guilt.

Hate crimes involve some additional element of hate, above and beyond the nature of the crime. Murder is not enough of a crime, but it takes on a new light if it is labeled a hate crime. Most people are eligible for hate crimes, and according to one court case, even white people. But the main people who benefit from hate crime legislation are gays and people of color. If the criminal is an anti-Semite, you go to the hate crime bonus round, too.

When did our laws, crimes and the way we punish criminal acts prove to not be enough?

I mentioned that this legislation is fueled by guilt. If a man is killed because he is black, the law now can "make up for it" by labeling the crime a hate crime; which is nonsense. But it makes liberals feel like they are showing extra concern and care if a murder can be labeled a hate crime. Everyone feels better, except the victim and the victim's family.

Murder is murder. It doesn't matter what color you are or what you sexual orientation is or what God you follow. The unnecessary categorization of a crime as a "hate crime" only gives the media pundits another line of talking points. It doesn't change the crime. Murder is murder. Period.

When we stop trying to decide whether a crime has racial or sexual prejudicial overtones, we'll focus on just the crime. Murder is murder, and no matter who gets killed or who is assaulted or who is robbed, we have laws that already deal with all of those crimes. By focusing on the ancillary aspects of the crime, we actually accentuate the racism, homophobia or religious prejudice. If we want a society that is free of these things, we have to stop giving them a showcase in the legal arena.

Murder is murder. If my child is murdered, it is just as horrific as when a black youth is killed unfairly.

Hopefully, there will be a day when we can all ask and wonder about the past and ask, "What are hate crimes?"

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