On all levels hate crimes are aggressive expressions of prejudice against a person or group of people simple because of who they are. Hate crimes have a major impact on society in general. They serve to isolate the groups that are the most common targets of hate crime perpetrators. Furthermore, hate crimes have also led to polarization between groups.
Hate crimes are some of the worse crimes committed because they hurt not only that person but often an entire race of people. In 1999 the FBI gathered data on hate crime offenders. They found that nearly 70% of hate crime offenders were white, 16% were black, 4% were multiracial, and 2% ...view middle of the document...
A person can experience many feelings associated with hate crimes. The effect can be drastic. Because the crime is committed based on their identity there is the added emotional distress that is a natural response to the crime itself.
The person may undergo the feelings of betrayal, deep personal hurt, powerlessness vulnerability, anger and sadness and the fear that something may happen to their family. There are automatically going to be changes in their lifestyles. They will become more aware of where they travel and how they react to strangers. These types of crimes often bring out physiological responses the same as post-traumatic stress disorder. They become angry and this may cause them to lash out in a criminal way (Hate crime, 2013).
Hate crimes send a message to the victim and the community. With crimes like this you cannot merely look at the physical damage because the damage goes so much deeper than the physical. This is especially true of the community. The damage goes all the way to the fabric of the community and they believe in. These crimes create an injury to the public because they can erode the publicâ€™s confidence in being safe from these types of crimes (Hate crimes, 2013).
There are some things that can be done to fight hate crimes. These include: 1) Act â€“ if you do nothing it is the same as accepting it you must take action against it; 2) Unite â€“ the community needs to gather together in a show of solidity. Organize rallies, work with the churches, the schools, and other civic groups so that you are more empowered if someone should attempt this terrible crime again; 3) Because the victim is now vulnerable they should report the incident and ask for help. Communities needs to show support to help them make it through this; 4) Determine if there is a hate group involved as opposed to just one individual. Cowards are like wolves, they run in packs. People who commit this type of crime is a coward; 5) Never attend a hate rally. Find another way to decrease your anger such as rallying together to draw attention away from the...