Essay on The Laramie Project

1293 Words May 8th, 2012 6 Pages
Bethany L. Coderre Theater-3 Ms. Kewley Hate Crimes After reading “The Laramie Project” your left with so many questions, ideas and emotions. The play is a series of interviews (reenacted exactly as they happened) to give the audience facts and true statements so that they can form there own opinion. The play takes place in Laramie Wyoming, after the “hate crime” that left 21 year old Matthew Shepard fighting for his life that ended soon after all because the fact that he was gay. Hate is a feeling and hate crime is acting on that hatred, but what exactly is a “hate crime”? What makes it so different from any other crime? Isn't all crime hate crime?

“People would like to think that what
…show more content…
These reactions can include; deep personal hurt/betrayal, feelings of powerlessness/vulnerability, anger or sadness, fear for personal and family's safety or even changes in lifestyle (where they walk, how they answer the phone,their reactions to strangers).” psychological problems like, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anger, taking as much as 5 years for a victim to overcome the psychological effects from an attack.

In the article “All crimes are hate crimes” written by Jim McPherson, he states that “hate crime laws tend to promote inequality rather than curb it. Such laws create special classes of citizens who enjoy a special status.” When you think about it like that it opens the door for so many pros and cons of whether or not “hate crimes” should be treated different from any other crime. “It is inherently unjust to punish certain crimes more harshly than others simply because the victim is a member of a special chosen group, it demeans those who aren’t considered special and is contrary to the idea that laws should apply equally to everyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or other variables. If someones grandfather is assaulted, should the law care less because he doesn’t happen to be gay?” Some people believe that hate crime laws are a threat to our

More about Essay on The Laramie Project

Open Document