Research Paper On Hate Crimes

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Hate Crimes Stacie Warner COM 156 March 9, 2013 Professor Vera Burright The FBI defines a hate crime as “a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.” So that government agencies can collect statistics, Congress defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. Incidents that are called crime hates may involve, but are not limited to physical assault, bullying, damage to property, verbal abuse or insults, harassments, offensive graffiti, letters or hate mail. Intended hurt towards another…show more content…
include lynching’s of African Americans, cross burnings to drive black families from predominantly white neighborhoods, assaults on white people traveling in predominantly black neighborhoods, assaults on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and the painting of swastikas on Jewish synagogues. All over the world, hate crimes occur, but are not as publicized as they are in the United States. Statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation have shown that hate crimes are on the rise in America. As sad as it is to say, these facts show that hate crimes will probably never be a thing of the…show more content…
These crimes are committed because prejudice still exists, for many different reasons. Hate crimes effects are far reaching, from the individual victim to the community as a whole. Hate offenses are motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnicity or national origin. Many people fear that which is different. Unfortunately, this will not go away in the future. Therefore, hate crimes will continue to be a part of our society. Much has been done to prevent hate crimes, but, much more needs to be done. Police agencies need more training and better policies. Victims need more assistance and communities need to be made safer. Laws need to be made in a clearer manner to be less controversial. There will always be a battle against hate in society and it must be fought with vigor and

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