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Hate Crimes: Definition, Offender Profile

In many cities throughout the United States, the prevalence of hate crimes has increased. You have been asked to provide your insight into this and recommend ways to decrease the occurrence of these types of crimes.

Research the topic of hate crimes and address the following:

- Create a profile of the typical individual who commits hate crimes.
- Who are some targets and/or victims of hate crimes?
- What are some of the causes and effects of these crimes?
- What actions can be taken to minimize the occurrence of hate crimes?

Please list any resources for citation. Thank you.

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Dear Student,

Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. I have written advise on a similar problem before and therefore the advise I will be giving you is based on that. Now, to supplement this narrative I have created a small Profile Table using 2 ongoing cases. I hope this helps.

Hate Crimes: Definition, Offender Profile

What is a hate crime? Who commits it? Hate crimes are bias-driven crimes whereby the offender targets a person or group because of ethnicity, race, social class, gender, age, religion, nationality or political affiliation. In the recent days in South Africa for example far-right leader and white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, who has led bias-driven actions against blacks was himself killed to avenge the supposed crimes he has committed against Black South Afrikaans
(see article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8602365.stm and here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8605846.stm). The deep divisions rooted in racial conflict is still felt in the former colony and such conflict, of perceived or proven wrongs and abuses by Whites against Blacks speak of what many see as 'white privilege' in a nation formerly seen as a Slave Trade post. The Apartheid - the rule of the Whites over the Blacks is seen to be now long gone after the fight of Nelson Mandela but, hate crimes due to race, gender and social class lives on. In the US, hate crimes are also classified as intense motivators to offenders who commit certain crimes which includes assault, property damage, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, plus other offensive acts. There are varied applicable laws and enacted policies and Acts that prosecute hate crimes. They include the 1964 federal Civil Rights Law, the Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1964, The Matthew Shepard Act of 2009 & varied State Laws (45 States in all have a number of statues except Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina & Wyoming. The 2009 Matthew Sheppard Act signed by Pres. Obama further fortified ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides insight, information and advise to help the student deal with the task (see above) of researching and discussing hate crimes including sample offender profile, victims/target, causes and effects and actions that can be taken to minimize hate crimes. 1153 words with 6 references listed.

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