Friday, October 19, 2007

Take a Stand Against Hate

Every hour someone commits a hate crime.

Every day at least eight blacks, three whites, three gays, three Jews and one Latino become hate crime victims.










Psychology Students- Respond to A&E Investigative Reports Video


1. For many teenagers who join hate groups, what attracted them to the group?
2. What methods do some hate groups use to entice young people into their organization? (How do many hate groups go about expanding their base?)
3. According to the ADL, what is one of the worst ways of dealing with this issue?
4. Why are many police/DA offices reluctant to label crimes against gays as hate crimes?
5. How are police departments working to be more proactive in preventing hate crimes?
When you are finished with the questions, visit the interactive map and the hate symbols, graffiti sites (highlighted in light blue). Also, check out the video linked below. See how one community responded to hate. http://www.facinghistory.org/ctp/ctp.nsf/All+Docs/CTP+Our+Town+Movie?OpenDocument


Resources:

American Psychological Association - Understanding and Taking a Stand Against Hate Crimes

http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov01/hatecrimes.html
Interactive Map of Hate Groups in the United States
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/?source=redirect&url=tolerance-maps-hate
Hate Symbols, Graffiti, etc.
http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/default.asp
Frequently Asked Questions About Hate Crimes
http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/about_hate_crimes/faq-html.html
Lesson Plan - The Rhetoric of Hate
http://www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/features.jsp?p=0&is=21&ar=254

PBS Lesson Plan
http://www-tc.pbs.org/pov/pov2000/blink/blink-lp1.pdf
Not in Our Town - National Program Combating Hate
http://www.pbs.org/niot/index.html
History of Activism Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/niot/get_involved/timeline.html
George Burdi Interview with Intelligence Report:
http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_hate.jsp?id=402

40 comments :

taylor said...

I think a lot of people that joir hate groups aren't getting along real well and they are very regellious. Maybe they dont like there parents and to get back at them they join one of these groups. They groups attract youngsters with music and alcohol. hmmm....the worst way? the worst way of dealing with hate groups is by dropping atomic weapons on there headquarters.....because killing is not cool. I really just dont know. Maybe they are reluctant to label hate crimes against gays as hate crimes because they would have to admit that people in their community are homophobic. And last but not least how are police being more proactive about stopping hate groups? thats a great question. Maybe they are trying toget to the kids before hate groups do, and make the kids aware of what hate groups really are before they get sucked in.....that sounds like it would be a good plan. i hope this post is good enough.

taylor said...

wow....i cant type...its supposed to say join** and rebellious** and the**

taylor said...

eric....MHG told me that she hates you.....i guess the computer lab isnt a hate free room!

Tiffany said...

I think that many teenagers just want to fit in with people, another may be because they are trying to tell us something but they are only giving out signs of emotion and not just blurting out feelings. I'm sure they probably tell people things that may or may not be true just to get people involved in what they believe in, even if what they believe in is not right. One of the worst ways of dealing with this is NOT dealing with it. You can't just ignore these kids and just think, "oh, they are just trying to show off and stand out.", you have to do something about it. Obviously they are trying to tell you something. With gays, people think they can label gays with more crimes because they know that gays get angered easily when people badger them. They blame hate crimes on certain people that they know they can get away with. They are trying to watch out for kids and not tolerating any discomfort that goes on. They need to do everything they can because these hate crimes will go on.

ashley said...

1.)When teenagers would join, they would feel a sense of belonging, like they were a part of something.

2.)Some hate groups use music and alcohol to draw young people to their group, and convince them to join.

3.)By not doing anything at all.

4.)Because a lot of people are still homophobic.

5.)They are trying to educate themselves about some hate groups, like learning the language and knowing the signs and different grafitti.

epeckham said...

Many teenagers are confused and lost, and they are searching for a place of understanding and comfort. Hate groups welcome these vulnerable kids with open arms. They draw kids to their groups with alcohol and music ( with hidden messages ). The worst thing we can do is be silent.. which is hate's way of being welcomed. I guess many crimes against gays aren't considered hate crimes because maybe the officers secretly possess a homophobic belief or they are influenced by what society says is acceptable. Police departments are trying to help teenagers BEFORE they join hate groups, because they have not yet been sucked into its awful world of hatred.

Jared said...

1)The kids who were attracted to these groups were generally not well raised, had little parental guidance, and little family structure. They feel a need to be a part of something.
2)The groups use things like alchohol and music to attract kids.
3)You cant use violence or make it a public event.
4)Its hard to qualify a crime as a hate crime.
5)More crimes can be called hate crimes now, they try to stop the crimes before they happen.

eRiC said...

1. they attract the students with beer and music. It also gives kids a sense of belonging.
2.The message that they send is the power of aryan race. They convince you that straight white males are the best.
3.Threy think that the worst thing you can do is not let them use their rights of free speech.
4.They say that it is hard to determine whether or not the crime was committed because hwe was gay.
5.They are trying to get their message out earlier to make sure people know the danger of hate crimes.

nora said...

1) Many people are attracted to these groups because they offer things like, "friendship" and "belonging" and the people who are accepted there get a feeling of "belonging" because they're "good enough" to meet the standards of the hate group.
2) They offer things like beer and tell the kids that at the functions held that there will be lots of "fun" music. Once these people start going to the functions, they develop a "family" and grow really close to the people around them who all share the same interest in having "pure" ideas.
3) The worst way to react to this issue is for the people who know it's wrong to not say anything or speak out against the obvious hate crimes.
4) It's hard to confront such an issue when the people in high power are "ironically" mostly white males. A white male has definitely been very much less discriminated against than a minority person. It makes it harder to understand if you haven't been there before. And besides, there's always arrogance in our society, no matter where you go.
5) There are hate-hate groups sprouting up all over the place in hopes of improving the situation and deflatin' the hate. Peace out.

Bradie said...

1. They attract the young people that are searching for belonging.The kid might feel alienated... They use beer and music as well...
2.They use mail and internet to attract and keep people. They also publish magazines...
3.I think the worst way was to nag the person...
4.They are never showing any favoritism towards the gay community...
5.The police are trying to get their message out earlier to let people know of all the dangers...

eRiC said...

I guess not. that sucks

Lea Hansen-George said...

Remember when someone from the ADL said "silence is the welcome mat of hate"? What did she mean by that? (This is a hint to the question about what is the worst thing you can do...)

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Colton said...

1) Older people attracted them by conning them into thinking the cause they were against was not right. They were persuaded by things such as music.
2) The young are more willing and not as mature. They can get persuaded very easily and once there is an idea in their head they go with it.
3) One of the worst ways of dealing with it is nagging the person or keep bothering them.
4) They don't want people to believe that there is hate crime against gays. They don't want to believe also.
5) Police are trying to get to the younger teenagers before the hate groups do.

Lea Hansen-George said...

Also, remember the police officer from New Jersey...what is he doing to be proactive about hate crimes?

aschultz said...

1. Teens were attracted to these groups because many offered alcohol, loud music, and a sense of belonging.
2. Many groups use music, that especially attracts young people. Also some have a newsletter or something.
3. The worst thing you could do is to not say anything against it. To remain silent is about as bad as committing the crime itself.
4. They themselves are homophobic. They don't really want to admit the wrongdoings against gays because they don't really feel sympathetic towards them because of their sexual orientation.
5. They are encouraging people to make anti-hate groups. Also they learn what the different tattoos mean and how they can tell what crimes have been committed by that person. The hardest thing though is they cannot outright stop the hate groups because they have freedom of speech too.

Maggie said...

1. The hate groups use alcohol and parties to attract teenagers. And they use music that supports hate and that is what attracts a lot of those teenagers, too.
Many of the young people in hate groups feel lonely and don’t feel supported by their family, that’s why they look for support and another family somewhere else.

2. The hate groups use religion to “prove” that they have the “right” to hate, they
pick some lines from the bible etc. Also, they make the teenagers feel welcome and accepted. And that’s what many teenagers are looking for, they want to be in a group to feel strong.

3. One of the worst ways of dealing with this issue is to pretend it wasn’t there.
Many people don’t think it’s that dangerous or they just don’t want to see it or think that it will disappear when they just ignore it. But by ignoring it, it only becomes worse.

4. The penalty for a hate crime is much higher than for an “ordinary” crime. And a lot of people are still homophobic.

5. They try to learn the signs of hate crimes, like graffiti or tattoos. And they’re trying to inform people before they join hate groups.

A Stenli said...

1. Teenagers just want to be a part of a group, they want to be accepted. They may have had a troubled childhood or one that didn't come up to everybody elses standards, so they feel like they need to do something to measure up and be like everybody else.

2. Some hate groups used music (such as rock bands) to expand their ideas, the teens that hear the music think they relate to the lyrics and thus become attracted to it, they also had a website that largely conveyed all the information on them, and since teens are very into the Internet, this targeted them.

3. One of the worst ways of dealing with the issue is by ignoring it and acting like it does not exist. So basically ignorance is the worst way of dealing with the issue.

4. If they recognize that there is a problem they cannot continue to be ignorant on the issue, they must do something about it. The police do not consider it as big of a deal if there is a hate crime against a gay person.

5. Police departments are informing teens about hate crimes and the consequences before they have a chance to join. Also the police are being much more strict on hate crimes now a days then they have in the past.

M. Muth said...

1. I would think that very troubled teens would join this cause they have problems or issues at home and they are seeking guidence through hate. Many teens nowadays like violence and they think that this is the only way to solve problems.

2. I know they use hard core rock bands to attract teens. The lyrics have something to deal with their lives and gives them the illusion that they want to join the hate group. The internet is also a good source. If teens fall victom to the internet then they are in danger of falling upon the hate group web sites.

3. I am ill to hear how teens or hate group members would kill their own families for no reason except for hate. Even if the police throw those killers in jail their followers will go by their example and the violence will continue.

4. When it comes to gays the police simply do not care. They don't consider this case to be a big deal. The police prolly think they are cleaning society by letting the hate groups remove the gays in the area. That sounds wrong. The police should handle all murder cases seriously. Murder is Murder.

5. Honestly, I have no idea. Drive out the rock bands, destroy any sources of the hate groups, or remove the hate group web sites from the internet? What can they really do?

Colt4 said...

1. Teens join hate groups because they feel a sense of belonging and that they have friends and fit in.

2. They use music, alcohol, and other vices to entice teens to join them.

3. Ignore it.

4. Many people are homophobic and don't want to get involved.

5. They learn the signs and language of the groups in order to know when they are planning something.

Chelsea4 said...

1: They attract kids with music and alcohol. It makes younger kids feel like they belong somewhere.

2: They offer them alcohol and tell them they will have fun and be part of a new family.

3: To not do anything

4: The officers said it was hard to tell if it was actually a hate crime because he was gay or not

5: Officers are studying gang symbols, graffiti, and tatoos to be more aware of hate groups

Noelle4 said...

1) Many teenagers are attracted to hate groups because they feel that no one else will accept them. Hate groups make a point out of making teens feel like they have a sense of belonging.

2) Hate groups use things like music, parties, and alcohol to attract teens to their organizations. They also try to make kids feel that no one else is giving them the respect they deserve, and claim that they will earn it through the group.

3) The ADL says the worst way to deal with the issue is to ignore it.

4) Many people claim that it is hard to label violence again homosexuals as hate crimes because we can't prove that the violence was committed because of their homosexuality. However, the more logical reason for their reluctance is that many people in America still have homophobic and anti-gay feelings.

5) Police departments are trying to learn more about hate groups and the way they communicate so that they can possible stop the violence before it happens.

Ethan4 said...

1) They want to feel powering and feeling of being a part of something.... and the ALCOHOL.

2) They use parties, music, and ALCOHOL to bring in the teens because most teens are pressured into alcohol all the time.

3) The worst thing is not saying anything to the people, or the constant nagging.

4) They don't want to believe that there really are crimes against gays. Many officials themselves probably are homophobic.

5) Some officers are actually studying the new fads and tattoos that hate groups are coming out with. Many are going around taking pictures and just taking in all the culture of a hate group so they will hopefully know the hate groups next move.

Grant 4 said...

1.Many young people are attracted to join hate groups or extremeist groups because they want to feel a sense of belonging. Also the free alcohol might have had something to do with it.
2.Alot of groups use things that teens are interested. For instance music and parties.They give them free concerts and beer and the teens are pretty much hooked.
3.The worst thing you could do, would be to not speak against it if you oppose the subject.You can't make a change by keeping quiet. Don't look for a change, be the change.
4.I think its somewhat a precedent right now.....they have never dealt with these issues before so now they are not willing to change their ways. It may also cause an uproar from others who were treated differently.
5.They are trying to be more proactive by looking for signs and clues on the streets, by taking anonymous tips and acting on them.

Jessie said...

1- alot of the teenagers who join hate groups are the ones looking for someplace to fit. many of them have uncommen social, political, or religious views, so they go to a place where they are accepted.

2-alot of hate groups use booze and concerts to attract young people, and the concerts help entice new members to join. but maybe besides those things, is the possibility of using a non-judgemental view point with the kids, and not condemning them for their past? its a possibility.

3-ignoring these groups is the worst thing to do, because you're giving them permission to continue.

4-many of the officers and officials of the towns don't want to get involved because of the high rate of homophobia in the areas.

5-many departments are "learning the lingo" and learning how to decode tattoos, graffiti, and things like that to help prevent crimes, or find answers to previous crimes.

James 4 (NightShade) said...

Here Are My Opinionated Answers
(1) Target Them To Join By Being Nice To the Teen So They Are Tempted To Join And Learn Racial, Religious, Orientation, And Other Types Of Prejudicial Values.
(2) Making Them Feel Superior, Loved, Give them Free Items With Discriminative Sayings, And Slowly Tugging Them Over With A Brain-Washing Sort Of Usage.
(3) Ignorance
(4) Gays Are At The Bottom Of The Social Class And Maybe The Officers Are Against Gays, Themselves.
(5) Learning More About The Hate Groups, Their Logos, What They Do, What They Listen To, How They Listen To It, What They Wear, etc.

Steve4 said...

1. Many of the kids got attracted by free alcohol and drugs because they thought that was the cool thing to do.
2.They use parties, again free drugs and alcohol, and the try to brainwash kids.
3.They cant use extreme violence or make it a public scene for people to see.
4.They want u to think that they're no hate crimes against gays.
5.They are trying to find clues or any trace of evidence to lead and catch them before they do it again

Nathan said...

It would seem that alot of teenagers join these hate groups because they think that they have been left out of society or they have certain beliefs that are shared with a hate group.

Many hate groups attract young white males by using alcohol and music. They also entice them with the idea that they play a role and a national, maybe even global attemp to establish the white males in power.

The worst way to deal with this problem is to ignore and treat it as something that really isnt affecting society and isnt a problem.

The police and DA's might be reluctant because they dont want to look like they favor one group over another.

Many police officers are trying to learn the lingo and slang of these hate groups. With these studies they hope to learn about crimes that these hate groups are planning, so that they can prevent them.

Seth 4 said...

1.They were outcasts and needed a place to belong. The groups also had an offering of booze and music and the gatherings.

2.The groups use the friendship and told the teenagers that they are the superior race, which makes them feel good.

3. Ignoring the problem and thinking it’s just a phase, hoping it will go away.

4. So the gays don’t get more power and they don’t favor them over others.

5. Police are trying to get out the message sooner and more thoroughly.

Sarah4 said...

1)Teenagers want to feel accepted. Alot of high schoolers and college kids might be feeling left out and this is why the join a hate group.

2)The hold parties and offer free alcohol. They also hold rock concerts for tons of people.

3)The worst thing you could do is just blow it off and think it is just a phase

4)They could blow it off because they don't want to deal with all the other issues of gay hate crimes.

5)The police stations around the country are hiring more hate crime specialists who can decifer graphiti and tatoos and monitor the activities of the groups

morgan4 said...

1.The teenagers who join hate groups often did not have a very good childhood.
2. The hate groups somteimes use alcohol, music, and internet and newletters to attract younger people to their groups.
3. According to the ADL, one of the worst ways to deal with the issue is to stay silent and not do anything about it.
4. They are reluctant because it is hard to classify whether a crime was a hate crime or not.
5. Police departments are learning more about the symbols of different hate groups and what the symbols mean.

ashlee4 said...

1.) Many teens join hate groups because most teens are attracted to violence, and because it makes them feel like they belong.
2.) Hate groups use parties, alcohol, music, and free concerts to attract young people into joining.
3.) According to the ADL, ignoring the problem and not doing anything about it is one of the worst ways to deal with this issue.
4.) Police offcers say that it's hard to tell whether crimes committed are actually hate crimes or not.
5.) Police departments are learning the lingo and more about the hate groups in order to become more proactive.

Katy4 said...

1.) Many teens joined hate groups because they were attracted to violence and the group made them feel like they belonged. 2.) Hate groups use alcohol to attract young people. They also give free concets to try to convice young people to join.
3.) The ADL says ignoring the problem is the worst way to deal with this issue.
4.) Police say it's hard to deterimine whether a crime was committed out of hatred or not.
5.) Police are learning about the culture and language used by hate groups in order to become more proactive.

Hamilton3 said...

1. For many teenagers who join hate groups, what attracted them to the group? The need for a father figure, friends in the movment, or the music may draw them in,like bugs to a light.

2. What methods do some hate groups use to entice young people into their organization? (How do many hate groups go about expanding their base?)

Many groups use hate core music or hate magazines.

3. According to the ADL, what is one of the worst ways of dealing with this issue?

One of the worst ways of of dealing with this issuse is silence, the "Welcomemat of hate."

4. Why are many police/DA offices reluctant to label crimes against gays as hate crimes?

Police may be reluclutant to deal with this because they don't want to acknowledge that it is a hate crime.

5. How are police departments working to be more proactive in preventing hate crimes?

They are monitoring groups that they suspect have commited a crime, as well as coperatiing with groups that are watching these hate groups.

Hamilton3 said...

1. For many teenagers who join hate groups, what attracted them to the group? The need for a father figure, friends in the movment, or the music may draw them in,like bugs to a light.

2. What methods do some hate groups use to entice young people into their organization? (How do many hate groups go about expanding their base?)

Many groups use hate core music or hate magazines.

3. According to the ADL, what is one of the worst ways of dealing with this issue?

One of the worst ways of of dealing with this issuse is silence, the "Welcomemat of hate."

4. Why are many police/DA offices reluctant to label crimes against gays as hate crimes?

Police may be reluclutant to deal with this because they don't want to acknowledge that it is a hate crime.

5. How are police departments working to be more proactive in preventing hate crimes?

They are monitoring groups that they suspect have commited a crime, as well as coperatiing with groups that are watching these hate groups.

Farrell said...

Attractions of the hate group include the music, the drinking, and the strength (stereotypes) some people tend to think that outgroups are stronger and better than the ingroups. They send emails, post blogs, send magazine subscriptions, mail, radio television and internet ads. The worst way of dealing with these is to keep silent and not do anything to stop it. Many police are reluctant to act against gay hate crimes because some states still have not legalized homosexuality at that time... now it could be getting better though.Police are trying to get people more active against these hate groups by giving them knowledge of how they work... most people join because they don't know enough of the group and join without questions.

ryan3 said...

1) A lot of teens who join hate groups, join because they feel they don't belong anywhere. The people in the group tell them they can belong...with them
2)They use music, alcohol, and the sense of belonging to get kids to join.
3) One of the worst ways is to stand by and let it happen. To do nothing at all about the situation.
4)They might be reluctant because they might not know how to handle the situation, or they may think it's for other reasons. Or they could not want to have to deal with that situation.
5)They identify the symbols, find out what the groups against, and then they can educate against the group.

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Beranek said...

Many teenagers join hate groups because they want to fit in somewhere. Adults try to make the teenagers feel good about joinging hate groups and encourage them that it's a good thing. They use drugs and alchohol and music to attract them. They have hate group parties that look fun to teenagers. One of the worst ways of dealing with this issue is doing nothing and igoring it. If it is ignored, the hate groups will continue to expand. The police are not sure if the crime was out of hate or not. The police departments are sending out as much negative information about the hate groups so that teenagers will not join. They try to inform the people about how bad the hate groups really are.

Bristol 3 said...

1. Alot of teenagers are originally attracted by music. Sometimes there are authoritive figures that participates in hate groups, and alot of teenagers just want to fit in. Sometimes just looking for acceptance from anybody.
2. Children of hate group members, and music really attracts them.. By the way.. I think questions 1 and 2 are pretty much the same question.
3. The worst way of dealing with hate groups is being silent. People being silent and not ignoring the issue.
4. Many cops dont label things as hate crimes because they dont want to deal with the groups.
5. They are learning more about the group to prevent things that happen in the group.