There are few reasons to fight the classification of hate crime. One that is popular is the idea that it requires "mind reading" to know why the crime was carried out. This ignores the fact that intent has ALWAYS played a key role in prosecution- that is literally the reason the charge of manslaughter exists. As to the argument that "all crimes are hate crimes," I would argue that all violent crime creates terror- and yet terrorism is considered a special class of crime. The recognition that we live in a society where certain groups of people are targeted because others don't want them to exist is similar in nature to the classification of terrorism. The difference is that the category of hate crime has a positive impact: it helps members of those classes feel that their victimization is recognized and it is not acceptable in the eyes of this country.