Re-Inventing The Civil Rights Perspective On Hate Crime and Diversity Issues

Bradley Stewart Chilton, University of North Texas
James A. Woods, Federal Bureau of Investigation

A MULTICULTURAL perspective has dominated the growing literature on diversity issues in contemporary criminal justice. While multiculturalism has greatly enriched our discourse on hate crime and diversity issues, it has come under some recent criticism for failure to propose pragmatic reforms of institutions and practices in criminal justice. What can you "do" with all the rich descriptions of multicultural realities? The paper develops a normative theory, grounded with examples in the literature of civil rights and liberties, for the CIVIL RIGHTS perspective on hate crime and diversity issues in criminal justice. The paper also discusses the implication of the re-invention of the civil rights perspective for the education, analysis, and reform of criminal justice.

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Updated 05/20/2006