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.
After a few years of sharp double-digit increases, the city of Los Angeles saw hate crimes decline by 6.8 percent in the first half of 2018, according the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
However, violent hate crimes bucked that overall drop, rising 8.3 percent, increasing from 72