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Amanda Fitzhugh GOVT 204 Dr. Green May 4, 2007 Hate Crime Victimization Hate crimes are violent crimes, hate speech or vandalism, motivated by feelings of hatred against an identifiable social group. Hostility towards the victims of hate crimes are often based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or national origin. Hate crimes differ from regular crime in that they are not motivated by economic gain. Many factors may create a climate in which people, motivated by their biases, take criminal action. Such factors can range anywhere from poor economic conditions to racial stereotypes portrayed in the media. In the United States, African-Americans, who constitute the second-largest minority group, are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than members of any other group. Other typical victims are whites, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and Asian Americans. However, hate crimes are not by definition limited to any social group. Any individual can be a victim of a hate crime if targeted because of actual or perceived membership in any identifiable social group. African Americans are the most common of hate crime victimization because prejudice still exists throughout the world. Modern racism still occurs and it is easy for whites, along with other races, to overlook racism when it does not affect them first hand. 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course GOVT 256 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '07 term at Christopher Newport University.

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