Hate Crimes Essay

865 Words Mar 31st, 2012 4 Pages
Hate Crimes
Grady Strickland

Hate Crimes care awful and yet they happen every day. The thought that a hate crimes can happen anytime anywhere is not something that crosses everyone’s mind daily. Within this essay we will cover the typical individual who commits hate crimes, who the targets or victims of hate crimes are, what the causes and effects of hate crimes are, and what actions can be taken to minimize the amount and occurrence of hate crimes. Unfortunately hate crimes have been a part of the United States, prior to the United States being named. They are a part of our history as Americans, though it is not good history, it is still there. “A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment,
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“Hill had a single gunshot wound to the head, his body was nearly nude and a rope was around his neck and upper torso, Foster said.” (Watts & DiGiacomo, 2010) A more recent case of hate crime occurred in Baltimore, Maryland. “Two female suspects are facing hate crime charges in the case of an attack on a transgender woman at a Maryland McDonald’s last month, the office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore County said Monday.” (staff, 2011) These examples conclude that victims can be anyone, anywhere.

The causes of hate crime can stem form a variety of different things. First is our fear of the unknown. A majority of hate crimes stem from the unknown, and not understanding the other individual, regardless of whether it is race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, or even mental and physical disability. Another cause is also the media, when a terrorist attack happens, almost immediately, the ethnic group or race that committed the crime is held responsible in the eyes of many individuals. Even if they were born in America, they are still often subject to ridicule and hate crimes.
The effects of hate crimes has a lot of individuals scared, if they fear being subjected to a hate crime they will hide or become a recluse. There are often times when a gay person will marry a person of the opposite sex just to be accepted around others, or to keep from having to come out. Hate crimes cause a lot of unneeded fear in Americans and other

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