Hate Crimes Legislation: Do We Really Need It?

Hate Crimes Legislation: Do We Really Need It?

Elie Mystal persuade meLast night, Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern and I faced off at WNYC’s Greene Space on the issue of hate crimes. Stern defended the laws. He spoke forcefully and eloquently about the need to protect vulnerable communities from crimes of bias.

I, resident black “social justice warrior,” argued against hate crime legislation. I said that we should punish people based on what they do, not based on their biases.

It was all for a new show from WNYC Studios called Persuade Me. The audience got involved, and it was pretty lit.

Here’s the livestream of last night’s event. If you are interested in the issue, or just want to see other liberals beat me over the head with my own arguments, check it out.

Next month: Should we repeal and replace the Constitution?

Elie Mystal is an editor of Above the Law and the Legal Editor for More Perfect. He can be reached @ElieNYC on Twitter, or at elie@abovethelaw.com. He will resist.


Published at Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:43:55 +0000

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