What qualifies as a ‘hate crime’? According to Encyclopedia.com:
Hate crime (also known as bias crime) is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
Let’s start with a antonym for the word ‘hate’: love. You have heard of love-hate relationships, no doubt. Any reasonable American would agree that ‘hate’ and ‘love’ are antonyms of one another.
News stories report hate crimes against this or that class of persons. How can anyone know? Who but God can read the secret thoughts of a man or woman?
When was the last time you heard of a love crime, like a love assault, love murder, love vandalism, etc.?
People don’t murder, rob or rape people whom they love.
Initially, so-called hate crime laws were passed to ostensibly protect black Americans from white Americans.
According to the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report, black Americans committed 24.3% of all hate crimes, but black Americans are merely 13% of the entire population. Look at these murder statistics from a snippet of the report.
- All crimes against persons or the private property are hate crimes. (No one has ever been convicted of committing a love crime.)
- Hate crimes legislation confers special rights to classes of people based on skin color or sexual appetites. Therefore, equal protections guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments selectively apply to special classes of persons.
My opinion: Hate crime laws are unconstitutional and most certainly irrational, if we are to regard the Fourth and Fifth Amendments as the supreme law of the land.