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April 4th, 2013 (2:50 PM).
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I don't particularly like the idea. The crime is the crime, who it was committed against should make the scenario worse than it would be in another circumstance.
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Distinctions are made in law all the time. Take murder, for instance. There are several classes of murders in the law, ranging from first-degree murder to manslaughter. The end result is the same, a person's life is taken violently, but the punishment for the murderer is different depending on the charge laid.
The same is true with hate crimes designations. The difference between simple assault and assault with hate crime enhancement, is that the simple assault is directed towards a person for a personal reason, where as an assault with hate crime enhancement is directed towards a person and the community that person belongs to. It's a statement by the perpetrator to others who share the same characteristics with the person they're assaulting that they could be next. Hate crimes designations actually, if you really look at it closely, resembles a form of terrorism, because a hate crime is meant to specifically instil fear in a community of people.
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