Professor Hurd’s View on Hate Crime Legislation in the NYT

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In an op-ed piece in The New York Times that delves into the issues of hate crime legislation, Professor Heidi Hurd provides commentary. 

“You can’t choose not to be prejudiced or biased — at least not willy-nilly, on the spot. … We pass moral judgments all the time against bigots and chauvinists and homophobes and so forth. But this is a question not of what we should morally blame people for, but of what we should deprive them of liberty for.”

In her 2001 an article entitled “Why Liberals Should Hate ‘Hate Crime Legislation,’” Professor Hurd wrote: “The law now regulates not only what we do, but who we are.”

Read The New York Times article