Unit 3 - Social Inequalities

Topics: Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, Federal crime Pages: 4 (1214 words) Published: August 28, 2013
Unit 3 - Social Inequalities
American Intercontinental University
Douglas McCoy
SSCI210-1205A-02 Sociology

In this paper I will discuss hate crimes, in addition to some of the victims and actions that can be taken in an effort to minimize the occurrence of hate crimes.

Hate crimes are described as crimes that are motivated by people that are dealing with intolerance or bigotry. Victims of hate crimes are identified as people that are targeted based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. The victim of a hate crime may be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole. These hate crimes are considered to be message crimes, because the intention of the crime is often to spread a message that a particular group is disliked or unwelcome. For example, 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust as well as blacks being lynched in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are both considered hate crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began their initial investigation of what we now call hate crimes as far back as World War I, when the Ku Klux Klan were first recognized. Hate crimes have an effect on both the immediate target and the communities of which the individuals are a member, which differentiate them from other crimes. One example of a hate crime that has hit close to my home is The Lynching’s at Moore's Ford. This lynching happened on July 25, 1946, when a car that was driven by a white man, Loy Harrison, that was carrying two black couples, Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey was ambushed by a mob of white men that pulled the two couples from the car, beat, shot and lynched them after cutting the baby from Dorothy Malcom’s lymph, pregnant body. The crime caused such uproar to the community that then President Truman sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the area to investigate the crime to no avail since no one...

References: Hate Crime (n.d.) Retrieved on November 25, 2012 from National Crime Prevention Council:
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/hate-crime
Montaldo, C. (n.d.) The Lynching’s at Moore 's Ford: Mass Lynching Remains Unsolved Retrieved on November 25, 2012 from About.Com:
http://crime.about.com/od/unsolved/a/moores_ford.htm
Weiner, R. (2011) Hate Crimes Bill Signed Into Law 11 Years after Matthew Shepard 's Death. Retrieved on November 25, 2012 from Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/28/hate-crimes-bill-to-be-si_n_336883.html
Hate Crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (n.d.) Retrieved on November 25, 2012 from:
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2010/index
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