Sunday, November 15, 2009

Too Many Hate Crimes? Not Anymore!!

The vicious acts that are carried out on people because they are different are wrong. No one person is the same as another, our individuality is what makes this world so great. So why are people being beaten, burned, and even murdered for being different? It is all because of the bias feelings that people harbour inside themselves. They feel that certain people, the ones who live their lives the "right" way and are the same as themselves, deserve to live, and the other people in the world, the majority of all people, do not.

A way has finally come to put a stop to all the hate crimes being committed by the world's ravenous inhabitants! The Matthew Shepard and James Boyd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed by President Obama in the hopes of stopping, or at least trying to prevent, all of the terrible hate crimes. According to Kathi Wolfe's article Obama deserves praise for signing hate crimes law from The Progressive, the act protects people from hate crimes based on bias feelings about disability, gender, and sexuality. The act also allows the Justice Department to assist in prosecution of hate crimes.

Not all people are for the act though. They feel that the act inhibits their freedom of speech, and that they can be prosecuted for what they say. The act does not inhibit a person's freedom of speech, even though it should in this case. A person can still say whatever he/she wants no matter how crude or how wrong his/ her words may be. Sad as it may seem, the act only protects against violent acts, such as murder or beating someone, based on bias.

This act may take time to sink in on some of the predators out there in the U. S., but it should eventually start to scare them from doing anything they might regret. The government is finally buckling down on the offenders as they should have done years ago. If nothing else, this hate crime prevention act will at least make the pray of the offenders feel safer while walking down the street.