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Hate Crimes against African, Latino, and Asian Americans

What is a hate crime?  According to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990, hate crimes are "crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, including where appropriate the crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation, arson, and destruction, damage or vandalism of property".  In other words, a hate crime is a criminal act where the victim was targeted because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation.

According to the FBI Report on Hate Crimes for 1998, 7,755 hate crimes were reported to the FBI by all law enforcement agencies.   65% were race or ethnicity-motivated, two-thirds of which were directed toward African Americans.  This is in comparision to 1995, in which 7,947 hate crimes were reported.  While it is encouraging that hate crimes have not increased over the past few years, it should be noted that violent crime in the U.S. has decreased substantially over this time period.  This means hate crimes are becoming much more of a source of violent crime in the U.S.


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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (including filing a complaint) from the U.S. Department of Justice

Federal hate crime legislation

Hate crime legislation in the states

Organizations who provide assistance to victims of hate crimes

Victims Assistance State Directory from the U.S. Dept. of Justice


Anti-Defamation League

Japanese American Citizens League

Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium

National Council of La Raza

Organization of Chinese Americans

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