Hate Crimes, Volume 5

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Praeger Publishers, 2009 - Genocide - 280 pages
The twentieth century appeared to close much as it had opened - with sprees of violence directed against the Other. The murder of Matthew Shepard, the lynching of James Byrd, the murderous rampage of Benjamin Smith, and post-9/11 anti-Muslim violence all stand as reminders that the bigotry that kills is much more than an unfortunate chapter in U.S. history. Racial, gender, ethnic and religious violence persist. This riveting new set focused on hate crimes comes at a time when such acts are still not uncommon. The topic, then, remains relevant despite outcries for an end to such violence. It covers a wide variety of hate crimes, the consequences for both victims and perpetrators and their communities, efforts to combat hate crime, and other aspects of these ugly offenses that affect everyone. Rather than an individual crime, hate crime is, in fact, an assault against all members of stigmatized and marginalized communities. With respect to hate crime, at least, history does repeat itself as similar patterns of motivation, sentiment and victimization recur over time. Just as immigrants in the 1890s were subject to institutional and public forms of discrimination and viol

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Edited by criminologist Perry (Ontario Inst. of Tech), this wide-ranging collection of articles written by scholars and practitioners sheds considerable light on the victims and perpetrators of hate ... Read full review


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FREDERICK LAWRENCE is the Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, which examines bias-motivated violence and how the United States deals with such crimes. He has written widely in the areas of civil rights crimes and free expression, and he has co-authored a number of Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs, including the brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, People for the American Way and a wide-range of other civil rights groups in Virginia v. Black (2003), concerning the constitutionality of the Virginia cross-burning statutes. He has been a senior visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has studied bias crimes law in the United Kingdom through a Ford Foundation grant.

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