The inclusion of a definition for a hate crime was put into Title 18 of the USC in 2009, for the purpose of "protecting and promoting public safety and health." USC 209 only includes gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability under this law when interstate commerce is affected. It is clear that many if not most violent crimes against people in those groups do not involve interstate commerce, and as such, these groups are not properly being protected by this law under its stated purpose, and so it must be amended. Striking the hate crime definition from title 18 altogether is a separate debate, and in my opinion, federal recognition of hate crimes is a way the federal government can deter racist, sexist, xeno/homo phobic crimes. Yes crimes themselves are already prosecuted under the law, and so one could argue that equal protection already exists, but racism, sexism, xeno/homo phobia and other intolerances are all cancers of this country, and I will support any and all attempts to eliminate it, including penal deterrents, so that ALL people can live peaceably among each other.