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Would stronger hate crime laws help prevent violence?

Posted on AllSides March 24th, 2021
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Authorities in Georgia drew intense criticism this week when they announced the shootings at three Atlanta-area spas that left eight people dead — including six women of Asian descent — may not qualify as a hate crime. The suspect, a white man, told law enforcement he was motivated by a desire to rid himself of “sexual addiction” rather than animus toward Asian women, a spokesman for the local sheriff’s department said.

Hate crime laws are on the books in all but three states. Though the specifics vary, most allow for...

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