The Pros And Cons Of Hate Crimes

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Hate crimes were first addressed at the federal level with the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which permits the federal prosecution of anyone who by force or threat of force injures intimidates or interferes with any person because of their race, color, religion or national origin or because of a victim’s attempt to engage in one of the six federally protected activities. Although a huge step in the right direction towards civil rights for all, this law only protected victims when they were engaging in one of the six federally protected activities, which were; attending a public school, applying for or enjoying employment, participating or enjoying a service administered by state or local government, serving in State court as a juror, traveling in or using a facility of interstate commerce, and enjoying the goods or services of certain places of public accommodation. In 1994 the federal government took a step further with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which required increased penalties for hate crimes committed on the basis of the actual perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or gender of any person. Not until 2009 was another federal hate crime law enacted, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, jr.…show more content…
Hate Crimes Prevention Act, that expanded existing hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability and also dropped the requirement that a victim be participating in one of the six federally protected
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