During the U.S. Presidential campaign in 2015, hate crimes against Muslims in America rose 67 percent, according to a recent FBI report. Hate crimes, in general, went up nearly seven percent and the Southern Poverty Law Center reported 437 incidents of hateful intimidation and harassment in the six days following the U.S. election.
The majority of those incidents occurred in K-12 schools. Most of the victims were immigrants, black and LGBT.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights has formed a coalition of professionals and stakeholders to protect communities from harassment and hate crimes.
Betsy Shuman-Moore, an attorney and director of the Hate Crime and Fair Housing Projects of the CLC and Ami Gandhi, director of Voting and Civic Empowerment at CLC, joins us to talk about these trends, how to identify hate crimes and what citizens can do about them.