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Hate crimes have become prevalent in American society, with thousands of incidents reported every year. This has prompted government agencies, educators and advocacy groups to come up with actions to address hate crimes. These actions include programs that are already incorporated into school curricula, as well as the passing of hate crime prevention legislation.
In order to eradicate hate crimes, it is important to understand the nature of hate crimes. Hate crime is generally defined as "an attack on an individual or his or her property (e.g., vandalism, arson, assault, murder) in which the victim is intentionally selected because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual orientation" (U.S. Dept. of Education [USDOE], n.d.). Hate crime is a serious problem as thousands of hate crime incidents are reported every year. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] (2004), there were 7,649 reported incidents of hate crime in 2004, with more than half of those incidents were related to racial discrimination. These crimes mostly involved anti-black bias, while a small percentage was based on anti-white bias. Some of the reported hate crimes are based on religious discrimination, sexual orientation bias, ethnicity and even disability bias (FBI, 2004). Racial discrimination remains to be the biggest issue related to hate crimes.
Already there are several programs that have been developed for schools and communities to help avoid the incidence of hate crimes. ...
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