Hate is an evil seed that can kill everything we value in life.
It's such a dangerous thing that there are special laws to focus on crimes committed because someone decided to hurt people or property based on that hate.
According to the FBI, there were 9,080 hate crimes in 2006, the most recent statistics available on the government website. The federal government has a Hate Crime Law that considers race, national origin and religion to be Hate Crime categories. Missouri and Illinois, along with many other states, also consider sexual orientation a Hate Crime category. The federal government does not.
You can go to the FBI Hate Crime website and find statistics for every state and many cities and counties.
Here are some striking statistics about Hate Crimes:
St. Louis reported 7 Hate Crimes in 2006. Springfield, Missouri reported 15. St. Louis has more than double the population of Springfield.
Of course, the obvious question is why? According to the Anti-Defamation League, Springfield has a long history of racism, including ongoing crimes at the hands of white supremacy organizations. It's the most active part of Missouri for White hate groups, according to the ADL.
Two-thirds of the victims of race related hate crimes are African-American. One out of five are White.
Two-thirds of the victims of religion related Hate Crimes are Jewish, more than four times the number of Mulsum victims, which I found surprising, especially with the attention we've seen devoted to Hate Crimes against Muslums following 9-11. In fact, there is a study by the Williams Institute, which found that per capita Jews are the most likely targets of Hate Crimes.
The study found that Jews were the victims of Hate Crimes at a rate of 15 for every 100,000 people, more than Gays and Lesbians (13 per 100,000), Muslums (12 per 100,000) and African-Americans (8 per 100,000).
Hate can have devastating consequences in any community and for just about anyone.