Apr 30, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
Rachel's show is on at 9pm Eastern time
Looknrnd saidI agree. It is sad that even some Gay people don't even get it.
Her (Rachel) intro was done very well. She should've emphasized that it's the in-between of standard crime and terrorism more, but still explained it great. What some don't get about this, I'll never know.
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/overview.htmDefining a Hate CrimeFINALLY Note this:
A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.
Once the state prosecution begins, the Department of Justice monitors the proceedings in order to ensure that the federal interest is vindicated and the law is applied equally among the 95 U.S. Judicial Districts.
The FBI forwards completed reports to U.S. Attorneys and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, which decide whether a federal prosecution is warranted. They may move forward, for example, if local authorities are unwilling or unable to prosecute a crime of bias.
Same link aboveLimitations in federal statutes prevent the FBI from investigating crimes of bias motivated solely by gender, disability, or sexual orientation.If you don't understand anything else about minority classes you should realize there has typically been an inequity in justice especially in local communities where the particular minority class is seen with disfavor even in the law enforcement and justice system. That's what this is about, ensuring justice at times and places where otherwise it might not be given because your minority status.