Hate Crime Laws Kelly coyne

Hate Crime: A crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.
Hate Crime laws were developed in 1968 in response to white supremacist violence against African Americans(Mince-Didier).

Inconsistencies In the Laws

Crimes against women or against any sex in general are not considered hate crimes, even when the motive is the victims sex.
Inconsistencies across state lines: 13 states do not consider crimes derived from bias against sexual orientation hate crimes(Blazak).

Difficulty of Conviction

Burden of proof is put on the prosecution, and proving motive is much more difficult that proving the actual crime.
Given the complexity of human emotion, motive can never be truly proven

Government Overreach

The United States protects all belief systems, even hateful ones. Without this protection all systems the government does not support are in danger.
People should not be convicted for crimes of thought, only the actions those thoughts lead to.

Work Cited

  • Mince-Didier, A. “Hate Crimes that Changed History.” NOLO. 2017. Web. 22 March, 2017.
  • Ziegler, J. “Hate Crime Laws Are Dumb & Dangerous, Regardless of Who the Victim Is." Mediaite. 7 January, 2017. Web. 27 February, 2017.


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