Hate crimes are a recently "discovered" social problem but bias motivated violence has a long history as a domestic form of terrorism. In this course we will look at how hate crime has become a social issue, especially the way official institutions have responded to the problem. A central theme will be the role that gender plays in the commission and awareness of hate crimes. Only a small percentage of hate crimes are committed by "hate groups" so we will also examine the mainstreaming of bias crimes and the ideology behind them. Understanding the ideology of hate will be a focus. How communities and criminal justice systems respond will also be addressed.
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