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Violence And Hate Crimes Are On The Rise In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Data Shows




Muslims hold a candlelight vigil  at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015  for the three Muslim students who were fatally shot in North Carolina.
Muslims hold a candlelight vigil at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015 for the three Muslim students who were fatally shot in North Carolina.
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Two reports released last week found that violent hate crimes increased to a ten-year high in Los Angeles County and hate crimes continued to increase in Orange County.

In L.A. County last year, white supremacist crimes increased by 38%, and attacks on transgender people jumped by 64%.  The report, released by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, also found that Black individuals were the most targeted victims of hate crimes, which can range from slurs to violent assaults. In Orange County, the 2019 report also found that a majority of hate crimes involved a perpetrator attacking someone for their race, national origin or ethnicity. Although Black people make up only 2% of Orange County residents, they were the most targeted racial group for hate crimes.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about violence and hate crimes in Los Angeles and Orange County, and what last year’s trends look like in the long-term. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Robin Toma, executive director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, which is part of the County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and authored the 2019 Los Angeles County Hate Crimes Report

Alison Edwards, chief executive officer of Orange County Human Relations, the non-profit that prepared the 2019 Hate Crime Report for the County of Orange

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism and professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino ; he tweets @proflevin

David Lehrer, president of Community Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit organization looking at race relations; former Los Angeles regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for 27 years; he tweets @dlehrer