This article was posted in the New York Times on March 23, 2010 written by Manny Fernandez. In Riverhead, New Jersey, and 18 year old man named Jeffrey Conroy had been charged for stabbing a Hispanic immigrant. After this crime, he asked his friend to give him three tattoos: one being a star, one being a lightning bolt, and one being a swastika. Conroy's friend, Keith Brunjes, gave him the tattoo, he did not ask any questions. When Conroy was asked about the lightning bolt he revealed that it was meant to be for white power.
Given that the hate crimes in the United States need to be put to a stop, Conroy should be immediatly sent to jail. Stabbing an innocent victim should have been the first strike to be sent to jail. Now that we assume that he has hate for African Americans, Hispanics, and Jewish people, it should be enough for him to go to jail. Tattoos such as these should not even be legal to put onto anyone's body. For someone to have so much hate and violence in their life they should be put in their place and know that they are wrong.