....In addition, the bill itself includes a problematic sentencing enhancement provision that fails to account for the reality that more time in prisons that are undeniably fraught with race-based divisions and violence increases rather than decreases hate in offenders. In its eagerness to condemn hate violence, the bill fails to harness restorative justice and other community-centered approaches that more effectively prevent recidivism and focus on repairing the harm caused to families and communities by hate violence.
Ten years is enough: Remembering the victims of hate crime violence
If we have learned anything over the past decade, it is that hate does not happen in a vacuum. In a polarized climate of “culture wars,” the differences and chasms between us overshadow what should bring us together to recognize our common humanity. In such a climate, even the measures intended to prevent hate crimes and address intolerance are politicized. The hate crimes bill that is moving its way through Congress seeks to improve the federal government's ability to enforce hate crimes laws with local law enforcement and has been named after Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student who was brutally murdered in 1998. The bill includes protections for victims of bias based on sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, and disability.