This resolution would condemn hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the U.S. It would affirm that the U.S. is united in condemning hate and evil in all forms, and reject hate-motivated crime as an attack on the fabric of society and the ideals of pluralism and respect.
The resolution would also call on federal law enforcement officials to work with state and local officials to expeditiously investigate all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against minorities in the U.S. and bring perpetrators to justice. It would encourage:
The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and other federal agencies to work to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to emphasize the importance of the agencies’ collection and reporting of data pursuant to federal law;
The development of an interagency task force to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities.
The executive branch would be called on to:
Offer federal assistance that may be available for victims of hate crimes;
Enhance security measures and improve preparedness for religious institutions, places of worship, and other institutions that have been targeted because of their affiliation with any particular religious, racial, or ethnic minority in the U.S.
As a simple resolution, this bill wouldn’t advance to the Senate if agreed to by the House and wouldn’t have the force of law.