One of the country’s most liberal states is under fire for a worrisome trend. A recently released report from the state’s Justice Department finds that hate crimes against Black people have risen by as much as 11.2 percent in California.
867 hate incidents were confirmed by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the ten days immediately following Donald Trump’s election. In 40 percent of those instances, Trump’s name or campaign slogan was directly used.
Incidents have targeted people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims, Jews and many more groups that Donald Trump targeted along his campaign, according to the Huffington Post.
FBI director James Comey thinks that state and local law enforcement need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes so that the public can “fully understand what is happening in our communities, and how to stop it.”
A fascinating article in the Washington Times investigates a risky teaching tactic employed in high schools and colleges across the country.
Educators are inviting representatives of hate groups – neo Nazis, KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, etc. – to share their hateful ideologies with students.
School officials say the point of such activities is for students to witness first hand the extreme stances these groups take, and to avoid them.
They assert that no student has ever been converted as a result of these speaking engagements.
Family members and gay rights advocates are calling for the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian to be investigated as a hate crime.
Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson has released a statement calling on the FBI to get involved.
Meanwhile, the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights organization for LGBTQ people of color, has filed a formal request to the Department of Justice.