Acts of hatred can be criminal, need to be treated as such

Acts of hatred can be criminal, need to be treated as such

Hatred is a hard thing to legislate.

It’s hard to know what motivates a person to hate or act out of hatred. But acts of hatred can be criminal, and we have to make sure that when they are we treat them as such.

This week a Muslim woman was viscously attacked, apparently based on nothing more than her appearance, as she walked home from her morning prayers in Milwaukee. It brings to mind a couple of things.

First, the importance of passing a joint resolution in the State Legislature condemning violence and hate speech and expressing solidarity with Muslims.

And the second is this week’s For The Record program featuring members of the state-wide We Are Many-United Against Hate organization.

The conversation touched on all aspects of hate-motivated actions and the importance of citizens of all races and cultures and genders and ages speaking out against hatred loudly and collaboratively. We urge you to look into We Are Many. We must all unite against hate.

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