Two horrific acts of violence and a debate: What is a hate crime?
The Washington Post - 06/20/2017
In general, federal and state hate crime statutes punish people who commit crimes based on a victim’s race, ethnicity, religion or other specified categories.
From there, the laws across the nation can be varied and murky.
For some clarity, The Washington Post spoke with Jack Levin, co-director of Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, and a sociology and criminology professor who’s published several books on hate crimes.