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What is Hate Crime?

Definition of Hate Crime- A crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.
A real life example of a Hate Crime issued in America is: The killings of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard, among other senseless acts of hatred, remind Americans that violence based on racial and other prejudices still occurs. Other brutal examples include a spree of hate-motivated shootings over the 1999 July 4th weekend in Illinois and Indiana, the murder of two gay men in California, and arson attacks on Sacramento synagogues. In August of 1999, a man with ties to white supremacist organizations is alleged to have opened fire at a Jewish daycare center in Los Angeles and murdered a Filipino-American postal worker. And on July 4, 2000, J.R. Warren, a 26-year old African American, gay man was attacked by two 17-year old boys who savagely beat him and then drove back and forth over him until he was dead. This is only a partial list. (Hate Crimes in the United States)