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Hate violence poses a serious threat to California communities. In every region of the state, incidents have occurred in which racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities have been harassed, intimidated, assaulted and even murdered. In some communities, acts motivated by bigotry have sparked widespread community disruption.

Hate crimes jump for fourth straight year in largest U.S. cities, study shows

By | May 16th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Police & Community|

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report released Monday by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.

The center analyzed hate-crime data reported

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Riverside man accused of hanging noose on fence to intimidate mixed-race neighbors

By | May 11th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

A Riverside man has been accused of hanging a noose to intimidate a mixed-race family — the first prosecution of the state anti-hate law in Inland Southern California since the Legislature added nooses to the statute nine years ago.

Levi Jared Grant Lehman, 30, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Feb. 16. He has been

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CAIR report shows 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims nationwide

By | April 24th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Hate crimes targeting American Muslims increased by 15 percent nationwide in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a report released Monday, April 23 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a trend which members of the advocacy group say is reflected in Southern California.

The report, titled “Targeted,” bears statistics about hate crimes as well

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Racist Terror Plot, or Just Idle Talk? Kansas Trial Hinges on the Answer

By | April 16th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Police & Community|

WICHITA, Kan. — The militia members talked about attacks on President Barack Obama and members of Congress, a federal agent recounted in court. They discussed burning down churches whose members helped refugees settle in western Kansas. They mulled killing landlords who rented to Muslims.

In the end,

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Hate Groups Are Growing Under Trump

By | March 22nd, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

According to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups has been increasing rapidly since 2000. Heidi Beirich, director of the Center’s Intelligence Project, links the rise in recruitment to the 2000 census that predicted whites would be a minority by 2042. Beirich says there’s been another spike following the election

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White Supremacists Are Increasingly Using Public Banners

By | March 15th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

White supremacists are increasingly hanging banners in public places, such as from highway overpasses and rooftops, to promote their views, according to a report released on Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League.

“While white supremacists have been using banners for some time, the number of banners deployed in the

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Anti-Semitism in U.S. surged in 2017, a new report finds

By | March 6th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Harassment, threats and vandalism cases targeting Jews in the United States surged to near-record levels in 2017, jumping 57% over the previous year, according to a new report by a prominent civil rights organization.

The Anti-Defamation League counted 1,986 anti-Semitic

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Inside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly Killing a Gay Jewish College Student

By | March 6th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown.

Read more at ProPublica.

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States With the Most Hate Groups

By | March 6th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The number of active hate groups in the United States has steadily risen over the past several years, from 784 in 2014 to 954 as of 2017, according to the civil rights advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center.

A number of factors can act as possible explanations for the rise in hate group activity in recent

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This Week in White Supremacy tracks battle for racial justice

By | February 20th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

What do Ohio teens chanting slurs at black and Asian high school athletes have in common with the anti-immigrant fanaticism that intensified with the president’s lie about a border agent’s death?

And how are those incidents associated with a tiny neo-Nazi group that has been linked to at least five killings, including the death of a

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