Should attacks on the homeless
There's momentum building around the country to include people who are homeless in state and federal hate-crime law.
be added to hate-crime laws?
Maryland, Maine and Washington, D.C., have added attacks against homeless people to their hate-crime laws. Florida is considering harsher penalties for attacking homeless people.
But is being homeless a fixed part of a person's identity? Or do moves like this dilute the strength of hate-crimes legislation?
These questions were debated* recently on NPR's All Things Considered. Listen here.
* The speakers include our friend and colleague Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless.