Prejudice can lead to many things. Hate crimes are something every individual has to be concerned with. Targets are not always based on race, but based on social class. Hate crimes are not always an uncontrollable or random act. Race motivated crimes occur when an ethnically or racially person starts to see a migration of people with different ethnic or racial backgrounds. Social class hate crimes occur when individuals feel they are trying to better their communities by ridding them of the “trash”. Prejudice will continue to exist because of human nature.
Racial hatred if the most common hate crime with the target being mostly African Americans. Hate Crimes Hate crime can be defined as any crime that would violate a person’s civil right and is fueled by hostility towards a person’s race, sexual orientation gender, origin, creed, or religion. Typically when hearing of hate crimes, one thinks of crimes towards those of other races. Many places experience hate crimes against the homeless, mentally disabled or physically disabled people, (Hate Crimes, 2011). A common trait of a person who commits hate crimes is they are usually a member of a hate organization.
Most people limit the groups to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) or the Neo-Nazi. However, that may not always be the case. There are times hate crimes are committed by non- member persons, usually after an adrenalin rush. Some cases the person feels they are doing a good thing for society and their community by making it a better, safer place. Other cases they are reacting on impulse since they believe in ethnic/racial stereotyping. Predators are not concerned about the economy and show distinctive aversion to inter-group and racial mixing contract, (Hate Crimes, 2011).
There are no clear explanations as to why some groups or individuals destroy property and victimize other people. Some are obsessed by insecurities, limited abilities to provide, or even fear. That combined with the overwhelming urge to inflict pain to help give a sense of relief for their own failures and powerlessness. Hate crimes are committed in all area, but particularly poor economic areas. Individuals in these areas tend to stereotype based on what is seen on television and movies.
There have been occasions where hate crimes were committed by law-abiding people who feel they are doing the right thing for their community. And many times, drugs or alcohol encourages individuals to partake in activities they normally would not. In an effort to try and minimize hate crimes, The American Psychological Association urged Congress to pass anti-discrimination laws to ensure legal action would be taken, (Hate Crimes & the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), 1999) The Office of Justice also supports laws against ethnic and racial conflicts.
For example, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act was created to provide assistance to local and state law enforcement and amends the federal laws to investigation and prosecute those committing hate crimes, (Office of Justice Program, 2011). To help prevent hate crimes, communities should be encouraged to make an effort to educate everyone about minority stereotypes to hopefully reduce any hostility between racial or ethnic groups.
It should be taught as early as possible to help eliminate bias towards others, (Understanding and Preventing Hate Crimes, 2007). There are no easy ways to completely put a stop to hate crimes. Only with proper education and understanding can hate crimes start to decrease. Society needs to support the prevention of hate crimes and discourage those who are committing it. When hate crimes are committed, those people need to be detained and punished by the law.