What is a hate crime?
A ‘hate crime’ is simply crimes that are hostile and prejudiced in their manner, when targeting a person merely as a result of their: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
Here are some statistics to digest exactly how problematic this issue is:
- Whilst in 2013/14 there was a recorded 44,471 hate crime incidents, 2014/15 recorded an overall 52,528 hate crimes, indicating an 18% increase.
- Racial hate crimes predominantly remained the most targeted group, accounting for a staggering 42,930 (82%) of all hate crimes recorded in 2014/15.
- Sexual orientation hate crimes accounted for 5,597 (11%) incidents.
- Religion hate crimes accounted for 3,254 (6%) incidents.
- Disability hate crimes accounted for 2,508 (5%) incidents.
- Finally, transgender hate crimes accounted for 605 (1%)
(Home Office, 2015)
Many notable figures throughout history have spoken out against hate crime, so here are 10 quotes from quite well known personalities, ranging from Martin Luther King, to John Lennon, which definitely encourage us to put an end to hate crime.
- “Darkness cannot drive darkness; Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; Love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King (1963)
- “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
– Nelson Mandela (1994)
- “Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.”
– Lester B. Pearson
- “Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
– Ernest Gaine
- “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
– The Dalai Lama
- “Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.”
– Stephen Hawking
- “Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.”
– Morgan Freeman
- “Don’t hate what you don’t understand.”
– John Lennon
- “You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.”
– Oprah Winfrey
- Where there is love there is life.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Hate Crime, England & Wales 2015