Hate Crime Analysis
January 14, 2013
Hate Crime Analysis
Crimes of hatred date back as far in history as ancient civilizations. A crime of hate occurs when wrong-doing is done to a particular group of people. Hate crime is a form of prejudice that can be directed as groups of individuals based on religious preference, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other defining characteristic. When two different groups come in contact with one another, the possibility of conflict or tension can happen. In recent decades, America fell to hate crimes when African Americans were lynched and synagogues were vandalized. In current times, the most targeted group of victimization are homosexual men and women. Teenagers have seen the most hatred when bullies out or taunt them in school because of his or her sexuality. Brief History of Hate Crimes
The earliest example of hate crimes is from the Roman Empire, which persecuted various religious groups. Other examples of hate crimes around the world include the Nazi’s persecution of Jewish people. This included an annihilation of Jews and the creation of death camps. This was known to history as the Holocaust. In recent years, the attempt to obliterate or genocide on an entire racial, religious, or ethnic group has occurred in Rwanda and Bosnia. In the United States, a majority of hate crimes result from prejudiced based on sexual orientation or race. Crimes against these groups take the form of assault, intimidation, and vandalism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s statistics have shown that crimes of hate are becoming all too common-place in America.
Crimes of Hate Against Sexual Preference
Where most hatred reflects against the sexual preferences of individuals occurs in one of the places that someone should feel safe, school. In a Minnesota school district, within a three-week span four teenagers committed suicide. In one year, a total of seven students committed...
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