How inconsistent hate crime laws negatively impact everyone

How inconsistent hate crime laws negatively impact everyone

In Oregon, a Clackamas County employee has been charged with a hate crime after reportedly painting a swastika on the memorial of a Black man. And just three days ago, in Atlanta, Georgia, the walls of Emory Autism Center were vandalized with swastikas and racial slurs. 

A recent report illuminated more information on this disturbing trend. The report is a comprehensive national review of hate crime laws that shows gaps and variances in the laws. Due to the complexity of hate violence, certain statutes meant to protect racial minorities and marginalized groups are less effective, as a consequence of bias in the criminal justice system, the report says.

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