In the typ­ical hate crime, a group of bored and idle young­sters go out on a Sat­urday night to search for vul­ner­able vic­tims to bash. They might, for example, look for someone who is gay or Asian. If they can’t locate their pri­mary target, they might instead assault someone Latino, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, dis­abled, home­less, black or white.

Hate­mon­gers typ­i­cally don’t spe­cialize. They have a hitlist based on their ene­mies’ race, reli­gion, national origin, eth­nicity, sexual ori­en­ta­tion, gender, gender iden­tity, and dis­ability status. The pres­ence of any group on their list is regarded as a threat to the hatemonger’s eco­nomic well-​​being, reli­gious values, sexual iden­tity, or phys­ical sur­vival. They reason: All Mus­lims are ter­ror­ists; all Jews are mer­ce­nary; all gays are immoral; and so on. The vio­lent response is often regarded by the hate­monger as defen­sive: he must elim­i­nate the enemy to safe­guard his neigh­bor­hood, work­place, com­mu­nity, campus, or country.

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