Racial And Religious Hate Crime Essay

1370 Words Oct 31st, 2016 6 Pages
Every country has its own laws and ways of dealing with crime. In the United States, we are used to the way our laws work and how the courts function. Other countries are used to the way their laws work, however, when you compare the U.S. with other countries there are many differences that are interesting to look at. Many countries struggle with certain crimes that we may not have a very big problem with. You could also face serious jail time in other countries where the U.S. may only give a citation or some community service time. In this paper, I am going to focus on the United Kingdom and a major crime that they struggle with: racial and religious hate crime. The term hate crime was coined in the United States but hate crimes have now been spread across the world. In the United Kingdom, “the hate crime ‘agenda’ in the UK can be traced back to the New Labour government’s flagship legislation, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (enacted prior to the Macpherson Report)” (Burnett p.13). Due to this, hate crimes now have higher penalties for crimes designated as being racially aggravated, for example, if the crime is motivated in part by an individual perpetrator’s racial hatred it is considered a racially aggravated crime. Racist violence is defined as “violence against persons or property motivated by racism, ethnocentrism, religious intolerance, or xenophobia” (Bleich p.150). The government in the UK has stepped up the actions taken against racist violence in their…

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