Monday, April 30, 2007
Returning to the question of motive, we can conclude that simply stating that “prejudice produces a crime” is also not correct, just as saying that “boredom produces crimes” is also not correct.
But even if we consider a variety of crimes where the conduct was the same, and even if the motive in all of them included some kind of "prejudice," there are a vast number of examples that will show why "hate crime" concepts/categories are invalid. What if the gang beat up another guy because he refused to be part of a gang? Or because he voted for a politician the gang didn't like? Or because he was old and weak? Or because he was homeless? Or because he was fat? Or because he was wearing a new suit? Or because he studied hard to pass exams at school and they hated that he was a “nerd?”