Fighting Hate & Bias
Building a safe and inclusive America by documenting hate, promoting community, and demanding action
Acts of hate touch every community and threaten to undermine the most basic tenets of our democracy. And hate is on the rise. New research found that hate crimes reached their highest number in a decade after increasing for four straight years.
But the data understate the true volume of violence against a diverse set of communities impacted directly by hate. Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies do not submit hate crimes to the FBI. Additionally, we know that victims and survivors may be fearful of authorities and thus, not report the crimes to law enforcement. That means our understanding of the magnitude and nature of the crisis is dangerously limited — even as the crisis worsens.
To take on this problematic gap in data, The Education Fund launched Communities Against Hate in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a diverse array of organizations. Together, we document stories and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate in America. Communities Against Hate provides a safe place for survivors and witnesses to share stories of hate incidents through an online database and telephone hotline.
Two-Thirds of Americans Report Hate Incidents Have Intensified Since 2016
Nearly 40 percent of incident perpetrators invoked Trump or alt-right
More than two-thirds of Americans say that hate incidents have intensified during the past two years. Our report, Hate Magnified: Communities in Crisis, documents where hate incidents occur, which communities are most likely to experience hate incidents, and what form those incidents most often take. The report findings underscore the need for better data collection, comprehensive policy reform, and widespread support for combating hate incidents.
Hate Magnified analyzed results from a Hate Incidence Poll conducted by Washington-based firm brilliant corners, in addition to nearly 4,000 incident reports submitted to our online reporting database. The report also noted that 73 percent of Americans of Middle East or Arab descent experienced hate incidents, with 59 percent of Hispanic Americans and 47 percent of African Americans reporting the same experience.
Notably, nearly 40 percent of those perpetrating hate incidents invoked the name of an alt-right hate group, President Trump, or Trump-related rhetoric, according to database submissions.
PERCENTAGE OF REPORTED INCIDENTS INVOLVING INVOCATIONS OF POLITICAL RHETORIC AND/OR ALT-RIGHT OR WHITE SUPREMACIST HATE GROUPS
FIGURE 1. ACTION IN INCIDENT CODED FREQUENCIES FROM THE CAH HATE INCIDENTS DATABASE
FIGURE 2. OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF HATE
FIGURE 3A. EXPERIENCE WITH EXPRESSIONS OR INCIDENTS OF HATE - TOTAL ACROSS ALL RESPONDENTS
FIGURE 3B. EXPERIENCE WITH EXPRESSIONS OR INCIDENTS OF HATE - TOTAL VS BLACK RESPONDENTS
FIGURE 3C. EXPERIENCE WITH EXPRESSIONS OR INCIDENTS OF HATE - TOTAL VS HISPANIC RESPONDENTS
FIGURE 3D. EXPERIENCE WITH EXPRESSIONS OR INCIDENTS OF HATE - TOTAL VS ARAB / MIDDLE EASTERN RESPONDENTS
Together, we have the power to move our nation toward its highest ideals of fairness and inclusion. Learn more about our campaigns and projects to fight hate and bigotry.
Solidarity Against Acts of Hate
In November 2018 – in the wake of the anti-Semitic mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and other acts of hate across the country – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Against Hate, and 83 other civil rights organizations launched full-page advertisements in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and bigotry in our country.
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