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

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Date:September 19th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if there could be a set of standards for amount of violence which would automatically establish groups as eligible for hate crime status.

Current or historical amounts? Right now, I get the impression there is more violence directed towards abortionists than Jews, but that's a very recent phenomenon.
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Date:September 19th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
It would be complicated-- historical would count, but there would need to be some sort of rule for that fading with time.

There are at least two reasons for hate crime laws-- one is the sense of threat felt by the victims and members of the group the victim is in, and the other is that hate crimes make hate crimes seem normal to potential perpetrators.

The historical aspect is much more relevant for the first factor than the second.

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