Killings, threats, and vandalism across the U.S. have been quickly decried as hate crimes. They include the fatal stabbing of a homeless black man in New York City by a white Maryland man who police said had a long hatred of black men, and the killing in Kansas of a man from India and the wounding of another. Condemning a repugnant act as a hate crime is far easier than making that charge stick in court, and prosecutions could . . .
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