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The latest police procedural sprung from the mind of Dick Wolf is the self-explanatory Law & Order: Hate Crimes.

The new spin-off is based on a real-life crime-fighting unit in New York City that “pledges to uphold a zero tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind.” (It’s the second oldest team of its kind in the nation, according to Variety.) Other than Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight, no names are attached to the spin-off.

Wolf likens the new series to SVU:

“Twenty years ago when ‘SVU’ began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – a real dialogue can begin.”

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I’m not sure how I feel about this TV show doing more to normalize conversations around sexual assault and rape than, I don’t know, actual social workers and sex educators, but Law & Order has its faithful fans, so who knows. Will Hate Crimes try to be super woke and cash in on this cultural moment? Or will it do what Law & Order does best: create suspense, stir in compelling interpersonal drama, and give actors like Ice-T the role of a lifetime?

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Calling it now, within their first season they’re going to stupidly make an ep about an anti-white hate crime. They will face massive public backlash, pull the ep, and then Trump and his propaganda arm will launch an all out campaign against NBC, then CMT or Fox will make a Law and Order: ICE style show.