Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed

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Howard Beach! The Central Park Jogger! The Assassination of Alan Berg! Vincent Chin's Murder! The Portland Skinhead Slaying! Headlines scream of the latest in a wave of hate crime attacks. Hate crime-violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group - were once considered the rare illegal actions of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. No more. Hate crimes have been sweeping the nation - as well as the world. They are happening in even the most ...

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Overview

Howard Beach! The Central Park Jogger! The Assassination of Alan Berg! Vincent Chin's Murder! The Portland Skinhead Slaying! Headlines scream of the latest in a wave of hate crime attacks. Hate crime-violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group - were once considered the rare illegal actions of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. No more. Hate crimes have been sweeping the nation - as well as the world. They are happening in even the most unlikely of places. Whereas college campuses at one time epitomized the lofty principles of tolerance, diversity, and idealism, they have now become the repositories of hatred and division. Hate is hip on campus, as evidenced not only by the popularity of racist and misogynistic music, but by the recent rash of attacks against blacks, women, Asians, Latinos, Jews, and gays. These perceptive authors step back to reveal how the campus of hate has become a microcosm for the world at large. This expose by Jack Levin, one of America's leading sociologists and co-author of Mass Murder: America's Growing Menace, and Jack McDevitt, America's foremost authority on hate crimes, explores the spreading venom of prejudice and bigotry in our society and the world. They proclaim that political correctness - as in tolerance of diversity - is no longer deemed fashionable but, rather, obsolete. Organized hate groups have been taking our alienated youth by storm. But beyond bemoaning our present crisis, Levin and McDevitt set forth practical guidelines on how to stem the rising tide of hate. These experts persuasively argue that as the economic pie shrinks, a new type of terrorism is leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction in its wake. For anyone who is different, the message of this new brand of terrorism is unmistakable: Either flee or be killed. These courageous and provocative analysts force us to face a spiraling problem around us as well as the prejudices within

This expose goes beyond bemoaning our present crisis by setting forth practical guidelines on how to stem the rising tide of hate. The authors courageously force readers not only to face the spiraling problem around them, but the prejudices within themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Morris Dees
This illuminating and well-research book provides the tools necessary to understand the dimensions of violence based on hatred.
Bruce McCabe
Levin and McDevitt have performed an invaluable public service with this book, which not only dissects hate crimes but the roots of hate itself. —The Boston Globe
William Johnson
This book is a wake-up call for America. —Massachusetts
Morris Dees
I challenge anyone interested in the future of our country to read this book. (Morris Dees, Chairman, Executive Committee, Klanwatch, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama)
Bruce McCabe
Levin and McDevitt have performed an invaluable public service with this book.
The Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, and McDevitt, the associate director of the Center for Applied Resarch at the same school, report that hate crimes against women, ethnic and racial minorities and homosexuals are on the rise, although they note that the statistics may show an increase because more such crimes are now reported. They argue that ``hatred is hip,'' as shown by the popularity of bigoted comics and heavy metal and rap groups; they point out that many perpetrators of hate crimes were raised in violent homes and harbor deep resentments, and that they may be seeking thrills or something to do, or that they may believe they are ridding the world of evil. In a study that lacks comprehensive analysis, Lewin and McDevitt maintain that prison probation and community service as punishment for hate crimes have not proved effective, and they conclude that the answer lies in community response. May
Booknews
The authors itemize in detail case after case of crimes that fall into a category called "hate crimes," a category which they concede encompasses a wide range of motivations and circumstances. Their purpose seems to be to sound an alarm--easy to do with graphic descriptions of violent crimes--but they offer little beyond the superficial to explain the "why" of such a trend, and their suggestions for how to make things better are also superficial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306444715
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Levinis the Brudnick professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University, where he directs its Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence. He has written numerous books and articles about hate and violence, has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and numerous radio and television news programs and talk shows. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Jack McDevitt is a leading academic expert on hate crimes in America. He directs the Institute for Research on Race and Justice at Northeastern University. An expert witness for a number of congressional panels on hate crimes, he lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

1 Reign of Terror 1
2 Nasty Pictures in Our Heads 21
3 Hatred Is Hip 33
4 Resentment 45
5 For the Thrill of It 65
6 Reacting to a Personal Threat 75
7 Ridding the World of Evil 89
8 Organized Hate 99
9 Hate Goes to School 115
10 Minority against Minority 137
11 Hate around the World 149
12 Police Response 159
13 The Law 179
14 Rehab 205
15 Grass Roots 219
16 The Coming Crisis 231
Appendix A. Boston Police Hate Crime Tabulations 243
Appendix B. Hate Crime Statistics Act 247
Notes 251
References 269
Index 275
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