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Number of U.S. hate groups is rising, report says

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  1. Why would individuals make the decision to associate with these groups?
  2. As we see, every one of us is a target in one way or another. How does this targeting turn to hate crime?
  3. How has the definition and prosecution of hate crimes evolved?
Oct 1st, 2014

1.The people who make decisions to be associated with hate groups is because they are suffering from psychological problems. Being associated with the hate groups makes them feel better, because they have feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem. Secondly, being associated with hate groups makes them feel superior to other people because they can justify their hate actions through their groups. Thirdly, they want to justify their crimes based on hate. In addition, these people want to gain popularity through their actions in order to justify their destructive actions and crimes. Moreover, the people might want to be part of selfish ideologies that might make them politically correct.

2. It is evident that every person is a target in one way or the other. This targeting can turn to hate crime if not overlooked. This is because a person may choose to harm, inflict pain or even cause destruction to the person they hate. This can lead to crime because it is against the rights of the other person. Eventually, it becomes hate crime because its original motivation was hatred against.

3. The definition and prosecution of hate crimes has evolved over the years. Initially, the hatred was prosecuted based on prejudice of any kind. Prosecutors would prosecute the hate crime using the defendants status and that of the victim. States changed the defination of the hate crimes depending on their ordinances that enhanced their prosecution.

Currently, hate crimes are prosecuted based on their current motivation of conducting the crimes. This has changed since the fourth amendment of the constitutions that provided boundaries on personal rights.


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