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Exploring restorative justice response to hate crimes against Sikhs

August 22, 2009

Through an advocation of the restorative method, I will argue that such a community based response may guide the North American society to an increased tolerance and understanding of diversity in religions, ethnicity and race that would help to guide those in misunderstandings of the image of a ‘taliban’ or a ‘terrorist’ as one different from a man with a turban. Although this paper will push towards no specific method of restorative means, most principles of victim-offender mediation will be primarily looked at for this purpose.

In order to construct a proper argument for the means of this paper, I will initiate with a brief introduction of what I mean by hate crimes, restorative justice and victim offender mediation. Through this, I will be able to highlight the key components of the same which will play important key roles, pushing towards community based response in hate crimes. However, it is also important to rationally study the limitations of such a proposal, and this will be also evaluated. A response to such critique will follow to once again emphasize the importance of community involvement, especially, in such instances of hate crimes which affect various religious and ethnic groups. Finally, with my conclusion, I will be able to assert the need for participation of the victim, offender and community in victim-offender mediation in hate crimes that have occurred and that dialogue, accountability, reintegration and educational awareness are principle in this regard.

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