Hate Entrenched in Society

Essay by PetahcahunaHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2006

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The definition of hate is as follows: the emotion of hate; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action - hatred. In today's world, we see many people expressing their strong feelings of hate in "hate crimes". Hate crimes are crimes directed at people because of their race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Many are small simple crimes such as throwing a rock through a window with a note, or a verbal threat, to larger crimes such as the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the World Trade Center, the Montreal Massacre, and the Columbine shooting. Although they are of different levels of severity, they all had one thing in common: someone hated the targeted person or people. Although, once hatred is entrenched in our society, how can we get rid of it? The answer is quite simple: education. By putting a face to the actual enemy will solidify that these certain persons are not all the same as we believed.

In every society, culture, religion, race, gender and sexual orientation there are every kind of persons, just like in ours. Not all Afghans are terrorists, and many people are not aware that many Afghans suffer more from the terrorists that live nearby. By understanding that each person is a unique individual and that not all their "kind" is like them may help prevent such strong feelings towards a certain group because of one person.

Many events such as the 9/11 attacks, the Columbine shooting, and the Montreal massacre were all hate crimes. These three different events targeted different groups. The Montreal massacre involved an armed man separating the men from the women in the local universities engineering building and opening fire on 27 women, killing 14 of them and injuring the other 13. 12...