Hate crimes legislation

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What is a hate crime?

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According to the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation's 2004 report "Crime in the United States," the government approved definition of a hate crime is "a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin." A hate crime is also kno