I think they started that in an attempt to send a message to certain types of people. I think the whole thing has backfired though. And you make a good point....crime is crime. For whatever stupid reason a criminal might use to justify it to himself.
with a hate crime, you are purposely targeting someone and discriminating against them, as opposed to just randomly targeting anyone to victimize them
no, neither one is better
its all bs hun ok its just a stupid label they put on it