"Hate crime" is a popular term that does not have a legal meaning and conveys widely varying interpretations. It can include any crime based on religion, race, national origin, gender, disability and sexual orientation.
World Church of the Creator members in Southern Florida are thought to be tied to several racially motivated beatings. In 1999 four Florida members were convicted for the pistol-whipping and robbery of a Jewish video store owner. They were supposedly trying to raise money for "the revolution."