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Many political scientists and researchers to a number of policy arenas in the United States ranging from corporal punishment to the quality of urban life have applied Daniel Elazars concept of political cultures For a vast majority of these policy programs a considerable correlation has been found to exist between the region examined and its approach to a specific policy Elazar focused on three primary political cultures the Moralist political culture MPC the Individual political culture IPC and the Traditional political culture TPC These cultures have served as a basis for explaining the difference that exist in the political social and personal facets of each respective region These ideas have been consistent throughout the course of this nations history existing even in present times I have chosen to focus on a policy program that has demanded a great deal of attention in more recent times namely in the past few years hate crime policy With m ore widespread media coverage hate crimes have become more prevalent and more publicized than ever before The Benjamin Smith shootings and the murder of Matthew Shepard are only two examples of recent crimes which have been considered hate crimes that have promoted politicians and legislators to address this ever-growing problem and formulate a solution This paper will attempt to define and uncover the history behind hate crime and the existing legislation Furthermore I will explain my own hypothesis then examine regional difference in the approaches to hate crimes and compare and contrast them to Daniel Elazars idea of political cultures My own hypothesis is that moralist cultures will have been the first to initiate hate crime policy and be most likely to have such policies followed by individualist then traditionalist political cultures Hate Crime Definition and History Every since the body of James Byrd was found in pieces on a road in east Texas the authorities have been struggling to bring charges to reflect the
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