The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project is a play that details the reactions of the community in Laramie, Wyoming, to the murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard. As different residents recount details of the event and reflect on the effects of the hate crime, two sentiments arise: one that sees media portrayal of the community after Shepard’s … Read more

Accordion Crimes: Dismal Reality Checks

Accordion Crimes is a difficult book to place in a single time period because the story takes place over about 100 years, originating in a small Sicilian village, but the main setting and focus is the United States. The various settings introduced in the book influenced the characters in various ways, but one instance of … Read more

Racism & Hate Crimes in America

Blacks were introduced to American soil during the 17th and 18th centuries via the triangular trade route, and were welcomed by whips, chains, shackles, and all the horrors of slavery. Slavery was legitimized by our government and continued for a few hundred years, taking a civil war and sixteen presidents before it was abolished. To … Read more

Hate Crimes

The issue of hate crimes has greatly affected the way in which people interact. A hate crime is defined as any act of violence or verbal slashing of a person based upon race, religious belief, or one’s sexuality. There are several other grounds for determining a hate crime depending upon guidelines in written laws. Hate … Read more