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April 22, 2018

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Hate Crime Laws: The Search for Motive
Last Featured: 8/12/2002

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Matthew Shepard. James Byrd. These brutal killings have come to symbolize the human cost of violence motivated by bigotry and hatred. Although many states have passed laws that provide for enhanced penalties for hate crimes, they differ from state to state. Now, in the aftermath of September 11th, a recent surge in violence against Arab Americans, Muslims and Sikhs has many calling for additional federal and local legislation. President Bush and others opposed to such laws argue that all violent crimes are crimes of hate and should be treated equally. But those in favor of legislation say these crimes are different because they are intended to send a message not to an individual but to an entire community. Do enhanced penalties deter hate groups or create martyrs while punishing peoples’ thoughts?

Karen Narasaki is the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, which works to advance the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans through litigation, public education and public policy. Before joining NAPALC, Ms. Narasaki was the Washington, D.C. representative for the Japanese American Citizens League, the nation's largest membership-based Asian American civil rights organization. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Law, Ms Narasaki also serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and is Chairperson of the National Network Against Anti-Asian Violence. In 2000, she received the U.S. Department of Justice Citizen Volunteer Service Award.

James Jacobs is a professor at New York University Law School where he teaches courses in criminal law and criminal procedure and is the Director of the Law School’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice. Jacobs has authored numerous books and articles about criminal justice concerns including a new book on gun control that will soon be published by Oxford University Press. Jacobs received his law degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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Family Research Council statement on Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999
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Articles from the Washington Post Online
American Psychological Association Article: Hate Crimes Today:An Age-Old FoeIn Modern Dress
MA Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes
Human Rights Watch: Report Hate Crimes
Anti-Defamation League
Texas NAACP: James Byrd Jr.
Hate crimes research by Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
About.com” US Hate Crimes
Human Rights Campaign Action Center
Hate Crimes : Criminal Law & Identity Politics (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
by James B. Jacobs, Kimberly Potter
In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes
by Barbara Perry
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