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Enough is enough: it’s time for America to adopt hate speech laws

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The facts are clear: freedom has nothing to do with America’s narrow conception of “free speech.”

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

  • U.S. residents experienced an average of 250,000 hate crime victimizations each year from 2004 to 2015.
  • There was no statistically significant change in the annual rate of violent hate crime victimization from 2004 to 2015 (about 0.7 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older).
  • The majority (99%) of victims cited offenders’ use of hate language as evidence of a hate crime.
  • During the 5-year aggregate period from 2011-15, racial bias was the most common motivation for hate crime (48%).
  • About 54% of hate crime victimizations were not reported to police during 2011-15.

The problem is worsening, and the ascendance of Donald Trump appears to correlate strongly. Read more