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‘Hate Crimes’…Huh?

What a ridiculous concept!!  All crimes against people involve some sort of hatred or at least extreme disregard for fellow human beings.  Why should the color of the skin of either the perpetrator or victim matter in terms of the penalty?  A crime is a crime, for crying out loud!!!  Why are we trying to get into the heads of the perpetrator to determine his thoughts?  Especially since as the legislation is currently written, certain groups can commit an assault and have it not be called a ‘hate crime’, while for others it is. 

And don’t forget, having different penalties and distinctions for ‘hate crimes’ makes for costlier, more complex, and longer court cases, further burdening an already overburdened judicial system. 

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