This was a blog post I wrote for my JRN 400 class blog. It was published on April 6, 2012.
By Nicole LaChance
We recently had a guest speaker in our class from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He was talking about hate crimes and mentioned one of the qualities of a hate crime is that it affects the whole group, not just the individual. This community reaction is being seen throughout the world in the aftermath of the shooting at the Jewish school in Toulouse, France.
It is remarkable how a hate crime in France can change the way the whole world is thinking. For instance, a Jewish university in New York heightened security because of the crime. The same can be said for Jewish schools and religious centers across the US and Europe. It serves as a reminder to how far hate crimes can reach.