13 January 2003
“A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against persons,
property or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by an
offender’s bias against an individual’s or a group’s race, religion,
ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”
Hate Crimes Essay are a big problem in today’s society. They have a big
impact on the victim and also the community around the victim. Sometimes
people even get killed in the involvement of a hate crime.
“There is a sickness eating away at the strength of humankind and
that sickness is Hate. Daily, throughout the world, men, women, and
children are tortured, brutalized, and murdered simply because of their
beliefs, their race, their physical state, or their sexuality, and equally
guilty as the perpetrators are those among us who remain indifferent and/or
Therefore, hate crimes have a negative effect on society. They hurt
the victim and the victim’s family a lot. The majority of hate crimes are
Unfortunately, the number of hate crimes is constantly
increasing. The number of hate crimes has increased over the past decade
and has had a negative impact on our society; in turn this has greatly
affected many racial, religious, and sexual orientation groups.
A racial hate crime is an incident that is perceived to be racist by
the victim or any other person. (haltonwatch.co.uk).
Most of all racial
hate crimes are committed against people of the African American descent.
In 1998, 65.5% of all national hate crimes were committed against
people based on their race and/or ethnicity. 57.2% of those racial hate
crimes were Anti-Black, 15.6% were Anti-White, 9.
5% were Anti-Hispanic,
5.8% were Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander, 5.6% were Anti-Multi-Racial, 5.4%
were other race, and 1% were Anti-American Indian/ Alaskan Native.
In 1999, there were a total of 7,876 hate crime incidents reported.
There were 4,295 crimes committed that were racial. More than half of all
the hate crimes that were committed in 1999 were racial bias. (fbi.gov)
In 2000, there were 4,337 reported incidents of racial hate. 2,884 of
those incidents were Anti-Black, 875 were Anti-White, 281 incidents were
Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander, 240 were Anti-multi-racial group, and 57
incidents were Anti-American Indian/Alaskan Native. (vivisimo.
In New York Sate, in Richmond Hill located in Queens, an elderly Sikh
man was beaten with a baseball bat while two others were shot at with
paintball guns. In Palos Hills, Illinois, two Muslim girls were beaten at
Moraine Valley College because they were Muslim. Also on September 16,
2001 a man rammed his car into a grocery store owned by an Arab. Between
September 11 and September 26, 2001, many Arab-Americans were singled out
of airports and searched because they were of the Arab descent. Finally, a
taxi-driver of Indian descent was accused of being a terrorist all because
he was wearing a turban. (esrnational.
A religious hate crime is a crime committed against a person based
upon his or her religious beliefs. Sometimes people are victims of
religious hate crimes just because of their ethnic origin. They may not
even have the religious beliefs but the person or persons committing the
crimes often assume the person has the beliefs just because of their
In 1998, in the state of California, the religion hate crime
incidents were very high. 77.9% of all incidents were Anti-Jewish, 7.
were Anti-other religion, 6.2% were Anti- Protestant, 5.8% of the incidents
were Anti-Catholic, 1.8% Anti-Islamic, and 0.9% of religion hate crimes in
the state of California were Anti-multi-religious group. (asuc.
In 1998, the National religious hate crimes rate was not too high.
77.8% of he hate crime incidents were Anti-Jewish, 9% were Anti-other
religious group, 4.4% were Anti-Catholic, 4.2% were Anti-Protestant, 2.9%
of the incidents were Anti-Multi-Religious groups, 1.
5% were Anti-Islamic,
and 0.1% were Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. (asuc.org)
In 2000, there were 1,472 religious hate crime incidents. 1,109
(75%) of them were Anti-Jewish, 172 (12%) were Anti-other religious group,
59 (4%) were Anti-protestant, 56 (4%) were Anti-Catholic, 44 (3%) incidents
were Anti-multi-religious groups, 28 (2%) were Anti-Islamic, and 4
incidents reported were Anti-atheism/agnosticism/etc. (vivisomo.
In 1998, Buford O. Furrow Jr. went on a shooting rampage in a Jewish
Community Center. Furrow show six people leaving one postal carrier dead
and five others wounded. Furrow was pleaded guilty of murder and will not
face the death penalty but will serve a term of life in prison without
The 1969 Federal Hate Crime law covers race, color, religion and
national origin only. Does not include sexual orientation, gender or
disability status. Only applies .