Let me tell you what it’s actually like to experience a hate crime. Someone tried to physically assault me for being disabled in public. He came off worse (don’t try to attack the guy carrying two four foot clubs) and it was over in seconds. But the hate needed to consider an attack on me justified simply because I happen to walk with crutches, that shakes me to this day, and we’re a decade on. And that’s not the worst hate crime I’ve experienced. Hate crimes are an attack on our individual identity, an attack that declares us less because of who we are. That extends the severity of the attack into entirely new areas of abuse that don’t feature in other crimes and fully justifies the increased tarriff they draw.
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