Hate Crimes Against Latinos Spike

The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report was released on November 14, and the numbers show a dramatic spike in crimes against Latinos.

The number was up 11% since last year to 66.6 percent of victims of ethnically motivated hate crimes in 2010. In California, they went up 50%.

These figures for those targeted because of anti-Latino bias are the highest percentage in almost a decade.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said of a previous spike in 2007:

There’s no doubt that the tone of the raging national debate over immigration is growing uglier by the day. Once limited to hard-core white supremacists and a handful of border-state extremists, vicious public denunciations of undocumented brown-skinned immigrants are increasingly common among supposedly mainstream anti-immigration activists, radio hosts and politicians. While their dehumanizing rhetoric typically stops short of openly sanctioning bloodshed, much of it implicitly encourages or even endorses violence by characterizing immigrants from Mexico and Central America as “invaders,” “criminal aliens” and “cockroaches.”

Latino blogger Marisa Treviño noticed an increase in hate crimes categorized as ‘intimidation’:

One can only surmise that more and more offenders felt empowered, and maybe even justified, to verbally threaten Latinos — especially those assumed to be undocumented.

It’s not a stretch of the imagination.

The FBI’s Erik Vasys did say in a press conference:

“There’s a lot of factors that go into possible rises in statistics. It could be anything from more agencies participating to better and more accurate reporting.”

But Mark Potok, a spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Huffington Post:

One thing to understand is that Latinos, and in particular undocumented immigrants, are among the least likely to report hate crimes because they fear deportation.

Nsombi Lambright, executive director for the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Clarion-Ledger that she believes the number of hate crimes in Mississippi is much higher than the FBI report suggests.

She said her office regularly gets calls from victims of hate crimes.

The report also shows that 71 per cent of all anti-religious hate crimes in 2010 were directed at the Jewish community.

It follows the anti-Semitic incident in a Jewish section of Brooklyn, New York last week, in which three vehicles were set ablaze and swastikas were scrawled across park benches. A van was painted with ‘KKK’.

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Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago

This brakes my heart...there are no words...Human beings are the only species in existence capable of evil, and religion attempts (and in my opinion fails) to make an excuse for our downfall...we are not the most intelligent species on earth, although we like to think so, yet despite the advanced intelligence we possess we cannot overcome the human "instincts" which otherwise fail to be found in nature: hatred, greed, selfishness, and so on...these are all plagues of a patriarchal society...I cannot help but imagine that in a matriarchal world hatred would be appeased by love, and war would be overcome by compromise and understanding, creating a global existence occupied with bountiful joy and peace...not to mention the fact that women would be heralded for the daily heroines we are…being aware of the hatred of which manKIND is capable of is tormenting.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Will Rogers
Will Rogers6 years ago

In England 40 years ago the south Asians were passive hard working shopkeeper types, I'm talking about Indians and Pakistanis, and even though they were the most peaceful of the immigrants, they also had a love of the English way of life and culture. Then came 'Paki Bashing' where neo nazi skinheads would roam the streets of England's cities looking for 'Pakis' to beat up. Over the years the love affair with England and Europeans soured and turned to hate and radicalised them against us and you. ..,Well the united states is a beaner bashing country and it will radicalise Mexicans and they will bomb American cities. Racism has a price in this modern age, it is not without consequence, so Sorry to have to give you the message,  expect Mexican terrorism in the next 20 years or so.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

This is terrible.

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden6 years ago

Robert H. is absolutely right. Distract from the real problems of this society, and the problem makers will have free reign. Ignore all of the petty, manufactured problems, and focus on the real problems. It should be quite obvious that the Latinos have been here longer than those of us from European descent, and yet this is a new problem, right?

Lilliana G.
Lilliana Garcia6 years ago

Es tan triste lo que esta ocuriendo hoy dia 11/2011 , la mayoria de la gente tenemos problemas de una o otra razon solo que los problemas que tenemos son nuetros , pero pareciera que todos nos culpamos los unos a los otros ; Los latinos tenemos la descriminacion por parte de los blancos y tambien de los negros pero cual es el odio ? aca en new york los negros matan a los latinos , les pegan con lo que encuentren pero yo me pregunto ya no hay fe en Dios porque ? ya no estamos en los anos 1930 mas creo que en ese ano no habia tanta descriminacion como hoy la hay y les hablo de nuestros hijos , esos hijos que han nacido aca como yo uno nacio en California , dos en New York y sus amistades son de todo color ...es muy triste lo que esta pasando en este dia de dar gracias oremos porque sea todo lleno de amor , dulsura sin ver el orijen o color les deseo un lindo dia y 364 mas les quiero mucho

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

How awful. There is a lot of anti-Latino immigrant sentiment in this country now, but what makes it even worse is that all Latinos really, are being affected, even those that were born and raised here and are citizens. Racists and conservative politicians have correlated all of the country's woes with Latino illegal immigration and with all Latinos in general. High crime rates, drug trafficking, human smuggling, unemployment, failing schools, higher costs of living have all at one time or another in some shape form or fashion have been blamed on Latino's. Some of the more vitriolic rhetoric has hinted that ALL Latino's regardless of country of origin and legal status are evil, it's just that some of them are citizens, some are not. With insinuations like that it's no wonder that people feel justified in their nationalism, protectionsim and hatred and discrimination of anyone thought to be Latino. That's a dangerous mindset since they are the second largest demographic in the country and openly hating them and alienating them, besides being outright hateful, is a dumb move to make.

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

Mike R, And still, you cant seem to get the message that you are not welcome here. If you do dont like it, you should go back where you came from. Its that simple. Ah, but Hitler is dead.

Arnie, And some humans really suck, all of the time, possibly that 32% that Stanley B. most aptly pointed out.

Bruce V, Didn't you know that repugnants love you, until you are born, beside they are working for you...yes, to usher us all back into the 6th century. Can't you be thankful to them?

Richard Zane S, No pictures of Gaddafi or Saddam, given America's propensity for illegal drugs it will be a likeness of Pablo Escabar, since nearly US bills test positive for cocaine.

Catt R, Why is 'Fox News' allowed to spew hate 24/7???? Why not, after all, they are the Monsanto of hate, the have a near patent on hate, just as Monsanto mapped out the genome of a tomato and declared it theirs.

Jo P, Just how does one differentiate a legal and an illegal immigrant? That is truly a great question, perhaps we should defer that to the 1%, after all, it was their plan. If you, the 99% are angry with latinos, you will have no time to view the truth. It is the 1% that is the problem.

And to think that a farmer in Alabummer lost 24 acres of ripe tomatoes, do to the lack of pickers, I mean those lousy, damn latin illegals, who have for so long done all the awful jobs the fat, lazy, "Americans" refuse to do.

Catt R.
Catt R6 years ago

David F..... explain again how it is that they come here and take all the jobs but they all sit at home and collect welfare with false ID..... they can not be both stealing your job..... that was given to you at birth no matter if you were willing to work or not... and be sitting at home doing nothing on your taxpayer dollars...
I know people in the Latino community, where I used to live I could not raise the hood on my car without a man appearing at my side within a few minutes to assist me. Everyone's kitchen window overlooked the parking lot and my neighbors knew I was single, If a woman noticed my hood up she sent her husband to see if I needed help........... I felt safe there. It was a loving community that welcomed me...... The people all worked hard.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Or is it a jagoff in a box?