My $0.02 Worth
While I haven't really read deeply into hate crimes legislation, I'll add my 2 cents worth.
First, I will protect my family even it means losing my life. Second, if someone is going to hurt me I will defend myself.
The criminal justice system to me is today's modern form of slavery. I have visited prisons and I can say that 98 percent of the prisoners are people of color. Most crimes are non-violent so I believe restitution is better alternative in these cases. I also believe that the people who are in prison or have been in prison can change the system because they've been there and know what is needed. In my mind politicians make much money off full-up prisons. Some have gotten their reps as being 'tough on crime' but how many of these people have ever taken down a major criminal enterprise. A lot corporations qualify for that honor.