What is the potential motivation for hate crime? motivation

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The potential motivation for a hate crime lies in an individual's predisposition towards another on the ground of race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical condition.  Essentially, it is a targeted act.  The individual who commits the hate crime did so because they selected a specific person that embodied a condition...

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The potential motivation for a hate crime lies in an individual's predisposition towards another on the ground of race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical condition.  Essentially, it is a targeted act.  The individual who commits the hate crime did so because they selected a specific person that embodied a condition that served as motivation for the crime.  Some individuals, like Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard, believe that hate crimes are motivated by an individual's fear or insecurity towards a group of people.  The act of the hate crime gives their sagging ego a boost, as if they are in belief that they are able to right a perceived wrong.  As economics are becoming a challenging element for many, individuals who already are struggling with both emotional and material challenges also are attributing their actions against a group of people out of the belief that something has been taken, such as jobs, economic prosperity, or entitlement of wealth.

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The whole concept of hate crimes hinges on motivation.  In other words, you cannot be guilty of a hate crime due simply to an act.  Instead, you are guilty of a hate crime for having a certain motivation, coupled with a given act.

Right now, a person can be prosecuted under federal hate crime laws if you do certain things to other people because of their religion, their race, their color, their national origin or, now, their sexual orientation.

So, in order for something to be a hate crime it must be motivated by hatred for a person because of one of the listed attributes.

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