Now more than ever, our country and its people deserve support to fight white supremacy and hate in all its forms. Along with our partners, we’re part of the fight to educate, engage, and empower Charlottesville’s community and beyond.
The State of Hate
Unfortunately, the Charlottesville tragedy was not an isolated incident. Our country is plagued with an epidemic of hate crimes and incidents that affect marginalized communities every day. According to the most recent data released by the FBI in November 2017, the number of reported hate crimes rose from 5,850 incidents in 2015 to 6,121 in 2016.
These data almost certainly understate the true number of hate incidents committed in our nation. Victims may be fearful of authorities and thus may not report these incidents. Some local authorities may not accurately classify these violent incidents as motivated by hate and thus fail to report them to the federal government.
On June 11, 2018, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, submitted a statement to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) following their briefing, “In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes.” In her testimony, Gupta urges the need for significant policy changes to improve data collection; educate and empower law enforcement agencies to better respond to hate; and expand inclusive anti-bias education, hate crime prevention, and bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment education initiatives.
Taking on this persistent gap in data, sister organization The Leadership Conference Education Fund is proud to lead Communities Against Hate, in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and over 25 national, state, and local partners across racial, gender, religious, and sexual orientation communities. Communities Against Hate is a diverse coalition of groups coming together for the first time to document hate and demand action.
Communities Against Hate provides a safe place for survivors and witnesses to share stories of hate incidents through our online database and the telephone hotline. No one should fight hate alone – and you don’t have to. Rise up #AgainstHate by reporting hate by going to CommunitiesAgainstHate.org.
Report Hate to Communities Against Hate & Access Resources here.
Reports / Fact Sheets
- Anti-Defamation League: Charlottesville: One Year Later
- Arab American Institute: Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans
- Center for American Progress: Combating Hate and White Nationalism in the Digital World
- Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism: HATE CRIMES IN LOS ANGELES 2017-2018:
A Comparative Analysis With Other Major Cities
- Human Rights Campaign: Addressing Anti-Transgender Violence: Exploring Realities, Challenges and Solutions
- Lawyers’ Committee: Federal Hate Crime Laws Overview
- Lawyers’ Committee: State Hate Crime Laws Overview
- Lawyers’ Committee: Interference with Religious Worship Overview
- Lawyers’ Committee: Free Speech Overview
- Lawyers’ Committee: Know Your Rights to Peaceful Protest and Counter Protest
- National Fair Housing Alliance: Fact Sheet on Fair Housing and Hate Activity
- Anti-Defamation League: H.E.A.T. Map
- Anti-Defamation League: Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database
- Anti-Defamation League: Hate/Uncycled: Understanding Bias and Hate on Campus
- Erase the Hate is NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s revived social impact campaign dedicated to helping us grow the movement to end hate in America. NBCU CE is partnering with Civic Nation to support and celebrate those taking action in the fight against hate. Erase the Hate strives to shine a light on anti-hate organizations and individuals from around the nation in a multitude of ways, including partnering for events, creating resources, and amplifying efforts.
- Human Rights Campaign: What to do if you’ve been the victim of a hate crime
- Lawyers’ Committee: Community Organization Resource Map/List
- The Leadership Conference National Mobilization Call Against Hate (recording of the call can be found here)
- National Fair Housing Alliance: Reporting Hate resource page
- United States Commission on Civil Rights: USCCR unanimous statement on Charlottesville