?? - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )
I recently read somewhere around COM's (I honestly forget who said it or where it was and I'm too tired to even try to remember) someone say the idea of hate crime is ridiculous. That ALL crimes are the product of hate. While I do agree that there is some form of hatred for something that motivates most crime, or at least some - I do believe that there are many crimes that are committed specifically due to hatred of something in particular.
Homosexuals being beaten, raped, murdered simply because they are gay.
African Americans being beaten, raped, murdered simply because they are black.
Those being the 2 most obvious examples, the list goes on and on.
Do you think that hate crimes deserve harsher penalities? Or do you think that all crime is hate crime and that the penalities should be level all around? Why or why not? Please explain.