Briana Alongi - Pace Law Review

... Hate crime laws may actually be accomplishing the opposite effect of tolerance and equality because they encourage U.S. citizens to view themselves, not as members of our society, but as members of a protected group. The enactment of hate crime legislation at the federal and state levels has led to unintended consequences and unfair practices ... The misconception that hate groups, which include skinheads, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and black separatists groups, cause hate crimes is unfounded ... In reality, these laws promote inequality and exacerbate societal divisions and identity politics. Hate crime legislation pits protected and unprotected groups against each other by declaring that certain groups of people are more deserving of legal protection than others.