The FBI’s most recent hate crime report identified 10,840 hate crime incidents reported by the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies for 2021, the most since the bureau started collecting the data. While the FBI’s annual reports show only a small fraction of hate-fueled crimes, they mark a continuing increase. To highlight this alarming trend, the Southern Poverty Law Center is designating October as Hate Crimes Awareness Month and will conduct an annual campaign to alert the public, advocates, policymakers and politicians to the problem. We’ll also press for specific actions to prevent hate crimes and provide resources to empower effective community response.
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