Hate Crimes: Annotated Bibliography

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Annotated Bibliography

Gerstenfeld, Phyllis B. Hate crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies. Edition 3 Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2013. Print.

Hate crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies is a book that provides an approach to the interesting topic of hate crimes. It not only focuses on the development and current research, but many other issues that tie into this topic as well. The history, laws and people who commit hate crimes are amongst the top focuses of this book. This book offers valuable information recently updated on the statistics to current events including the most recent target threats of immigrants. While examining the impact that hate crimes have on different individuals and communities the author shares real life situations
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During ancient civilization the Roman Empire was well known for mistreating various religious groups. A few historical documents have stated that Christianity was only accepted by Emperor Nero until the year 64 AD. There was a large fire that destroyed a enormous portion of Rome, and the Emperor felt he was being blamed for the damage. He decided to shift the blame and guilt to the Christians and ordered that anyone who followed the religion be would be punished. Punishment consisted of the Emperor having Christians thrown to beasts and others were buried alive. This in turn led to many years of hate crimes against people who followed Christianity as well as several other religious …show more content…
A hate crime is any crime motivated by race, sexual orientation, religion or other prejudice which typically involves violence. Individuals have been affected by these crimes throughout history and the violence has increased over time. What causes someone to commit a hate crime is a mystery for some to figure out. Research and investigation of hate crimes has been going on for years with the hopes to eliminate some of the violence. The impact of a hate crime can have a dramatic effect on a person, family, organization or community which can lead to the division of our country. The top victims of hate crimes in America are LGBT, Muslim, African American, Jewish and Native American. These crimes include harassment, homicides, arson of homes and destruction of religious property. This book is an overview of the history of hate crimes that have occurred such as The Holocaust to current crimes going on in our society, painting a picture of the impact, causes and responses it has on