Hate Crimes

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Crime is bad, plain and simple. White on white, black on black, white on black, other on other, it is all illegal. Crime is crime, a murder is a murder no matter how you slice it. "Hate  is a popular term used these days to enhance certain crimes, action, or speech. Hate is a feeling or thought you have toward something or someone, similar to any other emotion, but it is the only emotion used to label crimes. Hate crime labeling is in essence thought control performed by the United States Government. It is wrong and should stop immediately. Who is to say one cannot think or feel a certain way about anything. Hate ,in this case the motive, is the reason why a person commits a crime. The motive is rarely even used when punishing a criminal, only the act itself is looked at.

"Even if it is possible to determine the mind set in which a crime is committed, is it appropriate in a free society for the government to punish people for their inner motivations, [or] feelings?  (Barbara Dority). When a court deci

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