Hate crimes routinely make headlines across the country. Yet there is no reliable national database tracking them. KPCC is pleased to announce it is joining the Documenting Hate project, a coalition of organizations working with community members to create a database of hate crimes across the country.
The effort is led by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom. The stories we gather will inform upcoming ProPublica’s reporting as well as KPCC programming, beginning with “Free speech vs. hate speech on college campuses,” a November 30 in-person conversation that will focus on freedom of speech and combatting hate speech on Southern California campuses and communities. (In California, violent and hostile confrontations are on track to double this year, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.)
A second "free speech vs. hate speech" event along with an event collaboration between ProPublica and KPCC In Person event will take place in spring 2018.
An important reminder: The participating newsrooms and organizations are not law enforcement and will not report this information to the police. The Southern Poverty Law Center recommends you do so directly if you are a victim of a crime.