Are hate crimes bias? Are hate laws just a way to make other ethnic and social g

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  1. R.Cochran profile image73
    R.Cochranposted 13 years ago

    Are hate crimes bias? Are hate laws just a way to make other ethnic and social groups feel better?

    If you are white and mugged by a group of people from another race, can you claim a hate crime? If you are straight and the mugger is gay, can you claim hate crime? Why should hate crime legislation even be on the books, it's against the law to assault someone no mater what the excuse.

  2. nightwork4 profile image59
    nightwork4posted 13 years ago

    this is a good question that i've thought about many times. to me people want to be treated the same regardless or the sex, religion and race but it seems that when the oprotunity arrises they will use their differences to make an issue out of everything that happens to them. being white is a tricky thing these days. other races can say what they want but if your white, be very careful. i don't hate anyone due to their race, religion or sexual preferences but i am hated for being white by many people. i wrote a hub about the behavior of blacks on twitter and i think i a few people have now deemed me as a racist. i'm not a racist but i am sick of being the one race where i have to hold my tounge over obvious observations.

  3. Wayne Brown profile image80
    Wayne Brownposted 13 years ago

    "Hate Crime" is a label assigned by is basically an "assumption" on the part of society which acts as the basis for reasoning on the crime.  A black man might kill a white man and yet offer no explanation of his act but society or the media might immediately label it a "hate crime"...maybe not so in this case since the example cites a black killing a white but if the example were reversed, it becomes a given in the media.  We have to be careful with labels because they represent foregone conclusions which may not really get at the truth. If there is a factor of hate in the act of committing the crime, the certainly we can rationalize that it was indeed a "hate crime" but until the perpretrator makes that admission, it is simply an assumption. WB

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    rebeangelposted 13 years ago

    hate crime exist but does the law take it seriously?? and yes we all have the right to claim a hate crime if it happens to us....but really does it matter if we do it?? nobody listens anymore..

  5. vveasey profile image71
    vveaseyposted 12 years ago

    If someone mugs you because you're white, yes that makes it a hate crime.

    If you're attacked just because you're white, black, gay, female, male etc it's a hate crime. Usually, most hate crimes are racial crimes, many are because of homosexual orientation


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