We Must End the Cycle of Racism by Remembering and Reckoning

We Must End the Cycle of Racism by Remembering and Reckoning

Numerous incidents this past year have increased discussion over what constitutes a hate crime. Just about every minority community has endured violence throughout the world based upon this type of bias.

A commitment is needed to help reverse what has been ingrained in so many for so long if we want to see better for the next generation. At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, we hope a more serious discussion occurs about understanding and accepting racial cultures and differences.

Why is a child advocacy group raising this issue? Because what adults say and do will impact children around them, including conversations that create bias and racism in the next generation. Even an insensitive, racially-based joke can lead to a lifelong bias against a particular group and possibly even instigate hate-based actions.

There are different legal definitions regarding hate crimes. Thanks to Hunsucker Legal Group for helping with this topic. As defined in Oklahoma’s law, a hate crime is where the perpetrator of a crime has “the specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability.”

 

 

 

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