Project – Module 4
Laws should be strengthened in the states where the crime is committed. I think the definition of a hate crime should be universal.
The ignorance that reigns in this country is unfortunately passed on from generation to generation with little regard for what effects it may render on its audience. Sadly, fear is created from ignorance. Sadder still is that hate spawns from fear, and as represented by the staggering domestic abuse rate, violence is handed down from previous generations as well. The probability and means to cultivate hate crimes is now present and the formula is potent enough to guarantee that they will happen. Hate crimes are happening in America at a disturbing frequency. That being a given, it is time we as a society look to the roots of hate crimes in America. I believe these roots lie in our society’s notion and practice of family structure. More so in the way we pass down our ignorance, fear, un-acceptance, and intolerance to future generations.
Bias motivated hate crimes are designed to intimidate the victim and members of the victim’s community, leaving them feeling alone, and unprotected law enforcement. By making these victims angry and suspicious of other groups, these incidents can damage the fabric of our society and fragment communities.
Hate crimes are unique. Victims of hate crimes are targeted because of a core characteristic of their identity. These attributes cannot be changed. This may be one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives. In this emotional atmosphere, a swift and strong law enforcement response can help stabilize and calm the community, while aiding the victims’ recovery.
Hate crimes should be heavily punished because it is right for someone to dislike a person, but wrong to kill them over it. The urgent need for a tough law enforcement response, education, and programming to confront violence has increased over the years.
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