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A little more drama than strictly necessary - Input Junkie
September 19th, 2009
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A little more drama than strictly necessary

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From:suecochran
Date:September 19th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Hmm - I'm curious what you mean about the possibility of only hating some groups of people - why do you feel that it is a bizarre assumption? Do you think that in general people are only capable of hating everyone, and not just one group or groups? Just trying to understand what you mean. Please clarify if you can. Thanks.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:September 19th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
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"Hate crime" laws specify classifications of people which are considered targets of such crimes, and the lists keep getting revised based on the winds of politics. The laws vary in what classifications are covered; race and ethnicity seem to be the most common, followed by religion, disability, and sexual orientation. This is a very rough guess; the ordering isn't really important, but the variability in the classifications covered shows the difficulty of objectively defining a "hate crime." I don't know of any case in which crimes committed against people based on their stated politics are "hate crimes." Gratuitous crimes committed because of really idiosyncratic hatreds (such as the example of eyebrows meeting in the middle) are never "hate crimes," even though the crime is just as bad, and just as much based on hatred, as one committed for any of the other reasons.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:September 19th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I just thought of a better example. There have been a number of high-profile cases of students killing other students in the same school, apparently out a a generalized hatred of one's school environment. I don't think this is a "hate crime" under any existing laws.
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