Hate Crimes

Essay by Shiloh RaytonHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 1997

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I. What are Hate Crimes

A. Definitions for Hate Crimes

B. Counting Hate Crimes

1. White Power

2. Black Power

II. Examples of Hate Crimes

A. Hate Crime penalties

III. Reasons for Hate Crimes

Even though Hate Crimes have been around in the past, and have been most certainly been more violent in the past. Hate Crimes are most certainly still a problem in today's society, but it is not dealt with the same violent manner as previously performed in the past. There are still violent acts done out of hate, but the battle has been a lot more words. Hate crimes are a serious problem in today's society.

In this paper, three topics will be discussed. (1) What are Hate Crimes, (2) Examples of Hate Crimes, and (3) Reasons for Hate Crimes.

Hate Crimes are crimes done out of severe anger, ignorance, and lack of knowledge about other's ideas and beliefs.

Racism is a belief that one or more races is superior to others. Prejudice is prejudging others. 'Gordon Alport, a professor at Emeritus of Psychology at Harvard University and an expert at prejudism defines prejudice as.. `a hostile attitude toward a person who belongs to a group, simply because he belong to that group, and therefore

presumes to have the objectable qualities ascribed to that group'(Lang)23'

The most common way prejudice works is by stereotyping people, that is putting everyone form the same ethnic group together and assuming they all have the same negative characteristics or behave in the same way. This does not only apply to ethnic groups but also applies to race, religion, and other minorities.

Hate crimes are so hard to count because it is not certain whether a crime is being committed out of hate.

In 1989-1991, a study done by Southern Poverty Law...