Hate crime laws should be extended to cover the disabled, transsexuals and people targeted because of their sexual orientation, the Law Commission has said.
The commission said it “sent the wrong message” that although police can record hate crimes against a number of groups the law does not allow all those offences to receive tougher punishments in the courts.
That someone punches you because you are richer in melanin, worship a different God or none, get your sexual jollies one way or another, the point that matters is that someone has assaulted you by punching you. That’s the crime that has been committed and that’s the crime that should be punished.
The very idea of a “hate crime” itself as a definition is hateful.