You know, I really have no problem with "hate crime" laws.....at least as long as they are ALL encompassing.
Sadly, hate crime laws are, in no way, shape or form, all encompassing.
In fact, hate crime laws are about as discriminatory as you can get.
In the States, hate crime laws really only apply to gays, blacks and jews.
While each of these groups DO deserve proper protection from abuse and assault, they are nowhere NEAR the ONLY groups deserve it. In fact, each of us
deserve the SAME protection as everyone else is afforded.
Therein lies the problem.
In order for hate crime laws to be "fair", you have to include EVERY group under the spectrum. After all, how many people a day are targeted for abuse
simply because they are fat? or skinny? or hispanic? or white? or poor? or hadicapped? or christian? or catholic? or atheist?
Every single day there are hateful sons of *snips* that target a member of a group that is different than their own.
Aren't ALL of these hate crimes? Or are some groups more "special" and deserving of protection than others?
Personally, I view hate crime laws as NOTHING BUT another means of segregation. I honestly believe that the only reason these laws exist is to
maintain prejudice and to ensure that everyone remembers that they are different from others.
What is wrong with just prosecuting according to law? If someone kicks the piss out of someone else, for whatever reason, ARREST THEM FOR ASSAULT! You
cannot say that the punishment should be worse simply because a gay person or a black guy were attacked. It's BAD no matter WHO it is that is
That being what it is, I personally feel that hate crime laws should be COMPLETELY abolished as they serve no other reason than to further keep people
They are useless and STUPID!
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