What are hate crimes? According to a recent psychology web page a hate crime is classified as "criminal actions intended to harm people because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other minority group status” (Herek PhD 1). This is a problem that exists all over the world stretching from the United States to Australia. Also referred to as bias crimes, hate crimes are said to be one of the most horrid forms of discrimination and acts of violence known to man. Honky, Nigger, Cracker, Spic, Queer, Whop, these words are just some of the racial slang that provokes racism in the twenty-first century. Hate crimes are special forms of criminal violence that need a considerable amount of special attention drawn to them. Treating these crimes like every other criminal act is an ignorant non-problem solving way to deal with this astonishing bigotry.
The motivations for hate crimes are broken down into three categories; thrill, defensive, and mission. The thrill version of hate crimes is based on the excitement of committing an act. "Thrill hate crimes are committed by offenders who are looking for excitement and attack victims for the fun of it” (Mooney 212). These predators feed on innocent bystanders. They "get their kicks” by severely beating someone of a different ethnic, racial or religious group. Their hatred toward the victim seems to be based on boredom rather than personal vendetta. Does making your friends respect you seem like a solid reason to commit a hate crime? Anyone committing an act based on thrill has a severe psychological disorder. .
The defensive hate crime is one based on "offenders who view their attacks as necessary to protect their community, workplace, or college campus from outsiders” (Mooney 212). This predator is basically telling the victim that they do not belong in the offender's neighborhood. They give the impression that anyone belonging to these hated communities might be next if they break the territorial ground.