Running head: HATE CRIME
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In crime and in law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) can be defined as an offense against a victim motivated by hate. This could be based on that individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes can be hard to identify because the prosecutor has to prove that the offender committed hateful acts of crime motivated by bias. This can easily be confused with forms of expression, which is protected by the U. S. Constitution. The term “hate crime” did not enter our nation’s vocabulary until the 1980’s. However, the FBI began investigating what we now call hate crimes as far back as World War 1. During early history, Native Americans became targets of violence as well as African Americans. Today the FBI remains committed to working with state and local partners to prevent hate crimes and bring those who commit them to justice.
Many hate crimes are likely to go unreported. This is because the victims are either afraid, ashamed, or feel threatened. In the United States, the victims of hate crimes are most often African Americans, followed by Jews, gays, Asian- Americans, and now in the aftermath of September 11th terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq, Muslims have increasingly come under attack as well. Throughout the years, our country has established itself as a nation of equality, opportunity, and freedom for all...
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Hate crimes add an element of bias to traditional crimes—and the mixture is toxic to our
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