It is society's duty to protect and empower those that are not equally represented. Definitions are obviously limited and not all-encompassing. A crime is a hate crime regardless of who commits it and whoever the victim is. We live in an unequal society with pervasive prejudice and instability. We are, like every other time in history, in a time of transition and we are constantly evolving which means that we are becoming more inclusive, even if the media may not portray it that way. After reading about the opposition to hate crime laws, it makes sense to try to not incite backlash by pinning groups against each other and instead see that a crime is done by an individual against his/her entire society instead of one group against another. But, I think that we need to take smaller incremental steps to achieve the inclusivity that we hope for.