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  • Why it’s important—and almost impossible—to classify the Charleston shooting as a hate crime

    Newsweek - 06/23/2015

    Jack Levin, an expert in hate crimes and criminology at Northeastern University, says there’s no blanket explanation for why those states haven’t signed on. In South Carolina, hate crime legislation has been brought up in numerous legislative sessions, including every year between 2009 and 2014, and it will no doubt be debated again soon, in the wake of one of the deadliest shootings in the state’s history. Two Charleston-based Democrats, Seth Whipper and Wendell Gilliard, are among the South Carolina legislators who have long tried to get such legislation passed, and Gilliard plans to redouble the effort. “I don’t care if they call it a knee-jerk reaction,” Gilliard told the Charleston Post and Courier. “I got to do what I got to do.”

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