The House of Representatives are probably voting today on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009!
This bill is atrocious. It seeks to elevate some members of society above others by writing into law the idea that some lives are worth more than other lives. I am Hispanic and under this law, any attack or assault against me would require the perpetrator to receive harsher punishment than if he had attacked my fiance, a "white guy." Presto, my safety and life are worth more. Even if the person had not attacked me for being Hispanic, I or someone else could make that claim, and how could we be proven wrong? Hate crime legislation goes against everything upon which our judicial system is based. Hate crime legislation does not presuppose innocence before guilt. Rather, you are guilty until proven innocent, and there is no way to prove you did not have racial/sexual/gender motivations behind your crime.
It is disgusting that we even humor bills like this or that this has any credence whatsoever. I thought we acknowledged the equality of all people in the fourteenth amendment to the Consitution. I would say this hate crime legislation is unconstitutional in that it makes some lives more equal than others. Is not ALL crime "hate crime" anyway? A white murder victim's family is just as distraught as the family of a minority victim. Is his/her life not as precious? It boils my blood to think that some people's lives will now be worth more simply because of their skin color, sexual orientation, or other arbitrary status and label.
What about when people give talks against illegal immigration? What if their talk is centered around describing how illegal immigration is a very dangerous concept to our economy as well as to our national security? Guess what. That could be a hate crime. Even without fallacious legislation to back them up, entitled college brats act like Neo-Stasi speech wardens.
Lastly, what about crimes committed against white people because they are white? There are puhlenty of cases like that out there. Do I think that those criminals should face tougher consequences because their actions were racially motivated? He** no. However this is a serious and innate flaw of any hate crime legislation - if you are not a protected minority, then no one can commit a "hate crime" against you. There is so much injustice built into these types of bills that it is sickening, and anyone that claims to be an advocate or supporter of equality and civil rights ought to be OUTRAGED.
Let your voice be heard. All crime is hateful, and the lives and safety of every person should be protected equally.*
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*The House GOP members tried to add amendments to this legislation that would protect the unborn, members of the military and pregnant women. Well, those amendments were defeated. Not surprising, eh?