It's time for action on hate crimes

Pat Boy

A Sept. 11, 2017, report by Stephanie Wang of the The Indianapolis Star said that some people oppose a hate crime law because they believe it would their right violate free speech or thought. But hate crime only applies to other criminal action, as an underlying crime, and not to hate speech.

Jeanine Bell, an Indiana University law professor, says it’s important to recognize both hate symbols and hate-motivated incidents. “A trademark of hate crimes – and hate incidents – is that they send a message of intimidation to both the victim and to the broader community ... One law enforcement officer who was a legendary investigator of hate crimes said that a swastika is a sign to every Jew, everywhere.”

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