The best de­ter­rent against hate crimes

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the July 12 Metro ar­ti­cle “Hate-based in­ci­dents surge in Md. county”:

So­ci­ety’s re­sponse to these hate-based in­ci­dents only serves to en­cour­age the per­pe­tra­tors. In­stead of re­act­ing with fear and out­rage — which is what the per­pe­tra­tors want — we should call these peo­ple out for what they are: bul­lies who hide be­hind the cloak of anonymity to pro­claim their con­temptible views, with­out hav­ing the courage to de­fend them pub­licly. A dis­play of pub­lic con­tempt might be more ef­fec­tive than any other re­sponse in dis­cour­ag­ing these ac­tions. Nancy Stanley, Wash­ing­ton

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