The overlap and the distinction
Both terrorism and hate crime are elements with vague boundaries based on how they are applied in the society. Their application according to various studies conducted shows that they overlap. With no doubts, a crime can turn to be an act of terrorism or a hate crime. On top of this, what makes a crime an act of terrorism and what makes it a hate crime also overlaps. Having in mind that the aspects of the two situations are debatable, it can be said that whereas hate crimes are commonly differentiated from other common crimes by motivation, the act of terrorism is differentiated by their intentions. Terrorism is said to be an act of crime focused to spread fear in a society for the purpose of instigating political change.
Terroristic elements of hate crime
With hate crimes just like acts of terrorism, they target not only the immediate individual victims but also affect the groups to which they are connected. The intended effect of the two types of crimes is to develop fear in the group. Also, they aim at reminding the victims of the heightened risk of more victimization. The minor harm of the hate crime is in most cases recognized as the justification for penalty enhancements. The two are also expressive of given attitudes and political aspects.
Patterns, Organization, and Planning
Because of the planning nature of terrorism, it manifests the existence of a threat situation to the society. The fear which terrorism is intended to develop is no doubt the fear of another attack. When an event is called an act of terrorism, it signals that it is not interested in establishing the guilt of the punishing the perpetrator accordingly, but it’s aimed at eliminating that threat. Terrorism is conceived as something that is planned as well as organized. Hate crimes are intended to create and strike fear in a given setting, need not to have the aspect of planning and organization.
In old days, the issue of hate crime was closer to people conception of domestic terrorism. Indeed, the United States antiterrorism law has its roots in the act of 1871 within the Ku Klux Klan. For the Sweden, the hate crime law has its roots in attempts to counter-act racist organizations. The current nature of hate crime is recognized later when the situation happens. Acts of terrorism in the present day are well organized while hate crimes do manifests and reinforce a pattern of happening. Hate is with no doubt confined to a given group or setting, but it exists distributed throughout the society. It can be seen that the reason why hate crimes are not organized is that it doesn’t need to happen in a given order to motivate the intended effect.
Terrorism and Alien to the System
The difference between terrorism and hate crime as discussed above is that the concept expressed in an act of terrorism is considered to be alien to the system that is under attack. Terrorism is a threat towards citizen from the outsiders. The political nature of terrorism is to develop a change where the political system in some way. In that case, the threat of terrorism must develop from the outside setting. With no doubts, it is the reason why attacks with some Islamic nature are recognized as terrorist acts. For the hate crimes, they are considered as entrenched in some prevailing system. They are an expression of oppression of member of a marginalized set of group by a member of the majority. As a matter of fact, hate crimes are viewed as expressions of a similar sort of attitudes that led to development of discrimination and violence against minority groups.
In some instances, hate crimes are seen as threats to society in general. The perception is a mistake in all ways. In a situation where terrorism is understood as crimes developed with the intention to create a political effect through causing fear, it then turns out that the defensive kind is more common than the alien related. For one to recognize the act of terrorism it requires that people rid of the conception of the alien attacker and handle the existence of conservative. The fear of a terroristic attack in the society would seem and lead to a fear of people who looks like and to the nature associated with the source of the threat. Some of the hate crimes that come with force are treated with authorities as attacks suspected to create or develop terrorism situations.
Although there is recognized deal of overlap between terrorism and hate crime, it is essential to keep in mind the distinction between the exceptional and every day. Some of the hate crimes occur based on terrorism. There are those that happen as a result of terrorism, where some hate crimes are more impulsive crimes of opportunity. Even the hate crimes that are of impulsive nature comes with a certain pattern that in turn has the same sort of effects and are associated with terrorism. By understanding on the similarity between hate crime and terrorism, it means looking at the threat that hate crimes poses to an open society.