Times call for overhaul of hate crime laws
Hate crimes are not just against individuals. These crimes are meant to terrorize entire communities. These are crimes against all of us,” Nguyen, an Andover Democrat and one of the lead authors of the bill, said during the event. “Hate crimes, much like terrorism, are designed to create fear and make people feel unsafe. We need to name them for what they are — hate crimes — and prosecute them to an added degree to tell the community that we see them, that they are valued, and that we won’t tolerate such violence and hate.
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