hate crime


Definition of hate crime

: any of various crimes (such as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (such as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

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Three additional states — Arkansas, South Carolina, and Wyoming— don’t have any hate crime laws whatsoever. Andrea González-ramírez, refinery29.com, "50 Years After Stonewall, Here's Where We Stand On LGBTQ+ Rights," 25 June 2019 Some of the exhibit’s most powerful objects once belonged to Matthew Shepard, a young gay man whose 1998 murder became a defining moment in the gay rights movement and inspired a push to expand hate crime protections. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years After Stonewall, A Look at the Struggles and Celebrations of LGBTQ Americans," 19 June 2019 Prosecutors wavered over whether to invoke France’s hate crime statute. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 Paris Cameron was one of three people who were shot and killed in an anti LGBT hate crime in Detroit, Michigan. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Trans Women Don’t Want Your Sympathy. They Want to Be Treated as Human Beings.," 24 June 2019 Yet the preferences revealed by the hoax are instructive, albeit unsurprising to anyone who remembers other chapters in the long saga of fake hate crimes. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett," 12 June 2019 In Louisiana, three black churches were set ablaze in a hate crime. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 The referendum provoked an ugly spike of 50% or so in racial and religious hate crimes. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 Responding officers arrested Mata on suspicion of a hate crime, felony assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon and violating parole on a previous assault with a deadly weapon incident. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Man accused of throwing rocks at men in Fremont arrested for hate crime," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of hate crime

1960, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of hate crime

: a crime that violates the victim's civil rights and that is motivated by hostility to the victim's race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender

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