Some criticize hate crime legislation as toothless political fodder. Politicians love to support such bills because everyone supposedly hates hate, “but it doesn’t deter racial violence and it doesn’t reduce it,” said Claire Jean Kim, a professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. “It just gives us the illusion that we’re doing something about it.”

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