A hate crime it’s not | TheUnion.com

A hate crime it’s not

I must say that the phrase “hate crime” stirs serious connotations. We usually reserve this phrase for attacks against people of different faith, race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. “Hate crime” has been used to describe the Holocaust, the Salem witch trials, and the dragging death of a mid-western homosexual man. Generally we do not use this phrase to describe the average vandal that destroys rural mailboxes. If the use of “hate crime” be extended to the average criminal act, it’s importance would be diminished. For that matter, every crime might qualify when the term is used that loosely. I’m sure that the affected mailbox owners have been victimized. But not to the same extent that numerous racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities have been throughout the ages.

Clayton Thomas

Nevada City

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