I love cop dramas and thanks to Netflix I can watch The Wire, The Shield, Dexter, Southland, Flashpoint, or whatever whenever I have the time and desire to satisfy my ‘fix.’ This past weekend I was watching one of the aforementioned cop shows and the theme of one particular episode was ‘hate crimes.’
I have always bristled at that classification because it’s sounds almost like a misnomer. Hate crime. It seems to only be applied to crimes that are perpetrated against Muslims or gays. Were they called hate crimes 60 years ago when Blacks were being beaten, raped, hung, and murdered in droves? They were barely even called crimes.
I’m sorry but I reject the ‘hate crime’ category. Even though these groups are targeted by some hateful and ignorant people, America is still the safest place for most Muslims and Gays to live. How do you prove ‘hate’ in the court of law anyway? Sometimes a crime is just a crime and hateful heart or not, it’s still a crime. What do you think?