Few would argue that a violent attack motivated by negative feelings towards the victim's race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation is a hate crime. But should a hate-motivated crime be punished differently than the same crime committed for a different motive? And what if the crime is verbal-a slur or a ranting blog post or a graffiti scrawl? These may be hateful, but are they hate crimes? And how should they be punished? Are hate crimes on the rise, or are media attention and greater sensitivity to the issue making it appear so? These and other questions are at the center of this thought-provoking collection of articles drawn from across the political spectrum and the globe.