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Everyone is placed in a category the second they are born. It is difficult to take a position on this concept because of the variety of pros and cons that it produces. Of course categorizing creates order and control when it comes to the law and can be a positive for those whom the laws benefit. However, a crime is a crime no matter who it is made against and this kind of separation creates division between races and religions and other categories. Also, where does it stop? When does the law stop making excuses for each category?
One can say that laws against hate-crimes and categorizing can be helpful because it creates order and control. These statements are accurate as it allows justice to be made for those categories when there are injustices made against them. Nevertheless, the question must be asked, where do these categories stop? Take for example the case in which the gay male was beaten by three lesbian females. He could not only be gay, but also Hispanic, and on top of that he could be Jewish, and so on and so on. When does the law cross the line into absurdity with all these categories?
Following up on the fact that categorizing can be helpful, even with all the benefits it may have, a crime is a crime no matter who made it against whom. Those 3 women assaulted that man and beat him. They would go to jail regardless of whether or not the man was gay. Most crimes have some root in hatred, people murder others out of hate but no one calls it a hate crime. Harvey Silvergate stated that “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure”. All the categorizing is doomed to failure, and the example is present in the article. This situation “exposes the law’s flawed logic” because they are both gay/lesbian, so how can this be a hate-crime if they were of the same category?
Of course, these laws have their benefits. That was their reason for existing. People cross the line when they begin to take advantage of their “categories” in an attempt to reap the benefits of a hate-crime against them. This also creates even more tension between categories because these categories separate them and it causes division among the people themselves. This only leads to more hate-crimes to even out the playing field. In the end, no one wins in these categories.
Categorizing people has its benefits and also its flaws. Nevertheless, there is nothing we can truly do it. We are categorized from the moment we are born. Boy or girl, Christian or Jewish or any other religion, black, white, Hispanic, or any other race, and the list just goes on. We are who we are because of the categories we are placed in. These categories can either benefit us or end us, but our society has become too sensitive and believes that behind every action there is some hate towards one category or another. So when is the line crossed from keeping people safe to being just plain absurd?