The Lack of Hate Crime Laws in South Carolina
An article released by ThinkProgress confirms that “South Carolina is one of just five remaining states without a hate crime law.” This is problematic due to the fact that the state has 19 active hate groups. The lack of hate crime laws enables offenders to receive less legal punishment for their actions. The article states that, “though there is now federal legislation that distinguishes hate crimes and empowers federal agencies to investigate them, most states have additional statutes on the books that specify tougher sentences and penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of a certain group of people.” Furthermore, though 51 hate crimes occurred in South Carolina in 2013, laws have still failed to be passed.
The High Black Incarceration Rates
Much like the rest of the United States, the prison incarceration rates among Black people are very high when compared to the percentage of the population that they make up. An article written by Zeeshan Aleem, a politics staff writer for Mic, said that “black South Carolinians [make] up less than a third of the state’s population but almost two-thirds of its prison population.” In the wake of the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds, little was said to shed light on yet another shameful racist characteristic of the state of South Carolina.