Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really think that charging four 14-year-old kids with a “hate crime” for throwing rocks at a Jewish-school bus is going to make the blacks and the Jews in Crown Heights hate each other any less. Do you?
We need to worry less about throwing the book at people for these things, and spend more time and effort addressing what’s behind it. Giving four teens adult-scale criminal records won’t accomplish anything useful. Getting respected members of these communities to work together to resolve their differences might be lots harder, but it’ll have lots more value.
I’m just sayin’.