After Charlottesville, a glance at hate crime and hate groups in the United States
By Halima Gikandi
President Donald Trump’s controversial responses to the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia following a white supremacist rally have refocused attention on the prevalence of hate groups and hate crimes in the United States.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) documented nearly 900 reported hate incidents in the ten days following president Trump’s election, and the Anti-Defamation League found an 86 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the beginning of 2017.
In recent months, legislators across party lines have stepped in to address the prevalence of hate crimes and the issue of adequate reporting.
On April 5, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that, along with calling for law enforcements to better investigate hate crimes, encourages improving agencies’ data collection.
In addition, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has opened a federal investigation into Charlottesville, has created a subcommittee focused on hate crime prevention in the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force.