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Federal Hate Crimes Activity: A Speck on the Edge of a Dime

In the first decade of the 21st Century, there was a great deal of hubbub about the declaration of “hate crimes” in national politics.  The argument at the time was that federal hate crime laws were needed to protect the American population from acts of violence motivated by prejudice.

Federal arrest data released by the FBI this month shows that in the 50 United States and Washington DC, there were just 31 federal hate crime arrests in a population of 315,202,254 in the year 2014.  That’s less than 1 federal hate crime arrest per 10 million Americans.

In the meantime, the volume of news stories in the United States regarding hate crimes (surely among the most sensational items for news fodder available) falls far below the volume of news stories about murder and assault (Source: Google Trends):

Hate Crime Headlines: Scant from 2008-2015

If hate crimes laws were so necessary to keep our nation from falling apart, why are hate crimes arrests and news stories so infrequent since hate crime laws were passed?

7 thoughts on “Federal Hate Crimes Activity: A Speck on the Edge of a Dime”

  1. frank says:

    What is an hate crime? A crime is a damn crime and a murder should be punished not more or less harshly because of a word. If you murder someone you go to jail, let’s say, for 20 yrs but if you “hate” because of race, religion or whatever you get 30? What kind of BS is this. Do you people think when you speak about something. This is the exact same way our geniuses in Washington are making the laws..from Gun free zones to other thousands of useless and nonsense laws.
    By the way Jim, still waiting on your list of black African accomplishments. The link you keep me providing has been commented and ridiculed already. Give me some more concrete than Chris Barnard ..LOL
    I know i am a pain in the butt to stupid liberals…

  2. Quinton Underwood says:

    I agree with you, but that should not pose a question to anyone. It is all a ploy in a much more sinister plot being fueled by this Muslim president that is in the White House along with his cronies that follow him.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Wow. It’s all a “sinister plot being fueled by this Muslim president that is in the White House”?

      That’s incredible

      … considering that the modern move to pass hate crimes legislation was initiated in 1989, when the first George Bush was president and Barack Obama hadn’t even earned his law degree. It just goes to show you that his amazing powers of secret Muslim nefariousness were well-developed, even back then.

    2. Leroy says:

      Muslim president?

      (Yawn)

      Oh yeah, and he was “really” born in Kenya… no, Indonesia. (Why the insistence on Kenya? It has a relatively small Muslim population and AFAIK, none of his family… but Indonesia has MORE Muslims than any other country).

      But… (Yawn)… who really cares.

      Old bullshit, long since disproved.

  3. Dave says:

    Looks like hate crimes flat-lined since late 2014. I always did hate that legislation. Oops.

  4. ElRey Saturnus says:

    Because prosecutors routinely refuse to file under the hate crime provisions.

    They will charge for Felonious Assault for example, but not file the Hate Crime attachment.

    Sort of the same way that Prosecutors routinely rule police-involve homicide shootings as justified.

    Again and again and again.

    And I say that as a retired (30-year career) street police officer.

    Personally, I am not sure of a need for Hate Crimes.

    If you assault someone, then you should be charged with assault no matter who they are. Black. Muslim. Whatever. (Whatever the crime)

    If you do it for discriminatory reason as per the Constitution then the DOJ should prosecute for Civil Rights violations.

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