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Are hate crimes common among the youth?

Michele Borba
Psychology
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that most hate crimes are committed by youth younger than nineteen. The Associated Press announced that 2009 saw the most federal hate crime cases since 2001. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that those stats are "severely flawed" and much higher.

One thing is certain, kids aren't born hateful. Prejudices are learned. Hatred and intolerance can also be learned, but so too can sensitivity, understanding, empathy, and tolerance. If today's children are to have any chance of living harmoniously in our multiethnic world, it is critical that parents nurture it.
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