On Thursday April 8, 2021, the Jabara-Heyer “NO HATE” Act was introduced as a bipartisan and bicameral effort to “improve reporting and expand assistance for victims” of hate crimes.
The Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act has been cited as HR 2383 and is intended “to provide incentives for hate crime reporting, provide grants for State-run hate crime hotlines, and establish additional penalties for individuals convicted under the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.” The bill is named after reported hate crime victims Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer.
Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) is reported on press release to have said, “We know hate crimes are on the rise.” Blumenthal adds that provisions in HR 2383 are “absolutely fundamental to understanding and addressing the full scope of the problem.” Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) reportedly said, “Violence is never acceptable, especially when targeted towards a specific community.” U.S. Representative Don Beyer reportedly said, “The rise in violent crimes across the country cries out for action, and Congress must respond by passing the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.” Beyer added that, “The past decade has also seen high profile murderous incidents that specifically targeted Black Americans, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and many other groups.”
U.S. Representative Judy Chu reportedly said, “The horrific shootings in Georgia and the other 3,800 reported anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents over the past year have shown us that our hate crimes laws are not suited to this moment.”
The press release notes that “the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act would help combat the recent surge in hate crimes” by enacting the following provisions; “improving reporting of hate crimes,” providing or “encouraging law enforcement prevention, training and education on hate crimes,” providing grants for “establishing hate crime hotlines,” and “rehabilitating perpetrators of hate crimes through education and community service.”
News outlets such as The Daily Wire have reported several cases of hate crimes hoaxes, a topic not noted on the above-mentioned press release. In November 2020, The Daily Wire reported, “Black Teen Painted Own SUV With Anti-Black Lives Matter Messages.” On April 9, 2021, The Daily Wire reported, “Outrageously Racist Graffiti Sparked Days Of Protests. A Black Student Wrote Them.” The full text of HR 2383 has not yet been released per Congress.gov website.
Hate crimes arrests involving minorities on other minorities have been reported by several news outlets. ABC News reported the arrest of Juvian Rodriguez, who was “arrested for threatening to stab undercover Asian police officer” in New York. On another account, Fox News South Texas reports that Brandon Elliot was arrested and “charged in hate crime assault on Asian woman” while he was “on parole for killing his mom.” Nevertheless, the bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on April 8, 2021 and is to be introduced in the Senate on Monday April 12, 2021.