Argumentative Essay on Hate Crimes

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Hate Crimes

Final English Paper
By
Joe Mela

Have you ever had a crime committed against you? In today's society we are faced with
crime all around us. There are crimes committed out of rage, revenge, jealousy, love,
greed, etc; but there is another type of crime, or one could say act of violence, called
hate crimes. Have you ever thought maybe that crime was committed against just because of
your racial background, or religious beliefs? Throughout this country's history, hate
crimes have taken place, either by known groups who hate and, most commonly, individuals
that are inspired by hate. Not until recently have the people of this country ever wanted
to pass a law that would punish the guilty to an even higher extent because the crime was
committed out of hate. There are two sides to every issue. Whether or not the issue is
valid or if it is an unrealistic concept created by the media or by the federal
government, then, in my opinion, passing a law of this type is totally unrealistic. It is
almost impossible to prove that a crime is committed out of a bias hate. I feel that a law
that punishes hate crimes should not be passed.

One main question that would be asked is, "Prove it?" Saying just that, in some cases
destroys the effectiveness of the law, especially if and when the crime is committed when
both parties share the same sexual, ethnic or religious back- ground. Now, I think that
the money grubbing lawyers and the media would love this new law because, for one, the
prosecuting lawyers would, in many cases, use it against the defendant, especially if it
was a white vs. black case, or vice versa. The media would emphasize racial discrimination
just because the general public, especially minorities, love controversies that may make
them sympathetic. Also, I would think that this law would tie up more court time. If you
think about it, there would be more cases popping up all over the place and also what ever
case is going to be herd the word, hate, would probably be thrown in there as well which
would drag the case out even longer. Maybe, not as much in criminal cases, but more so in
civil suites. Look at how "sue happy" the public is now. This law would only add to it.
For example, people sue their neighbors for their pets going to the bathroom on their
lawn. How ridiculous is that? Another example is a lady put here dog in the microwave to
dry it off. When she returned she had cooked the dog to death. She sued the microwave
company because there wasn't a warning saying not to put live animals into the microwave.

People can always argue that there was no bias involved and that they just committed the
crime. In many cases that would be hard to do. For instance, do you think that the average
Joe committing a robbery at the local deli, that just happened to be owned by people of
Asian decent, would think this law would sidetrack him and make him say to himself, "I
should rob the deli in the next town because their owner is white." Now, nobody knows it,
but Joe hates Asians. How can you prove he committed the crime out of hate? It's almost
impossible in my opinion. If this law was passed, do you think people knowing that they
would get a higher sentence would say to themselves, "no, it's just not worth it". Now,
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