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.
Shortly after the news came out that the assailants in the San Bernardino shooting had ties to the local Muslim community, the national leadership of the Islamic Circle of North America gathered on a conference call.
They needed to issue a statement, but as they began to talk, they found themselves pushed into a corner. Yet