Danish Teenagers Engage In Hate Crimes

Most modern societies report that teenagers are supportive of rights for gays and lesbians, but recent reports indicate the reverse is on the rise in Denmark where teenagers are responsible for many hate crimes. According to Kenneth Engberg of the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians, for years there were active programs in schools to raise consciousness concerning rights, but the programs have ceased and “this is perhaps why we are increasingly seeing teenagers carrying out hate crimes.” He notes that Facebook has become a center of hate crimes as teenagers link to sites which are anti-gay and lesbian. Engberg argues there is need for greater resources to be allocated to education.

One can only wonder if a rise in hate crimes against Muslim immigrants to Denmark encourages extending these attitudes toward other oppressed groups such as gays and lesbians.