There Is a Reason They Call It a Hate Crime

Olivia Stengem, Staff Writer

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Hate crimes are sadly a common act mainly directed at those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc. Attackers claim they are acting this way to change the world for the better and show them this is an incorrect lifestyle, justify them as ‘teaching a lesson’, ‘something they deserved’, or ‘because they are living wrong’. Many use Religion as a justification, claiming those categorized as LGBTQ+ are disrespecting their god for “changing” what he has given them. These reasons are completely invalid because if you want to change the world for the better, why would you harm another person to get there?

Hate crimes are given their name because they are driven only by hate, not for any beneficial purpose. These attacks will do nothing but emotionally scar, torment, or even kill a victim. No positive gain will come from these actions on either end. Acting upon hate will only worsen the world we live in by angering the LQBTQ+ community and those who support it, as well as promoting hate within other populations.

The harm and death pointed at innocent members of the LGBTQ+ community is completely unnecessary and is not able to be justified with an excuse. These attackers do not wish to truly change the world; they wish to hurt people because of their own twisted opinions. These disgusting crimes are not acted upon to have a beneficial outcome; they are driven only by true hate.

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