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Hate Crime

Here's Why Hate Crimes Happen

Lakhpreet Kaur | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Lakhpreet Kaur

Sadly, many Americans were ignorant about their Sikh-American neighbors before the 9/11 crisis. And, when people don't know much about a group, they're likely to stereotype against them. So, a deeper education about Sikh-Americans may help prevent hate crimes against them.

Recent Rash of Hate Crimes in San Francisco

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

As I passed Little Zion Baptist Church on the corner of Divis and Ellis, I noticed something on the sidewalk. A swastika.

I Am Sikh. I Am American. Being Both Should Not Be So Difficult.

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.12.2015 | Religion
Sahaj Kohli

I am the first person in my family who was born and raised in America -- something I've always recognized as a core part of my identity and, more importantly, in my ongoing identity crisis. I am American. I am Indian. I am Sikh. But I've always considered myself American first.

Inderjit Singh Mukker, Chicago-Area Sikh, Allegedly Attacked And Called 'Terrorist,' 'Bin Laden'

HuffPost India | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion

UPDATE, September 15:  DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced on Tuesday that "after further investigation a...

Black Family Faces Racial Slurs And Threats During Family Reunion

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Black Voices

Kanisha Allen, 27, and her family had to end their family reunion at Rollins Lake in Nevada County, Sacramento early after becoming victims ...

Trans Man Sues NYPD For Discrimination After Alleged Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.04.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- A transgender Manhattan man says the New York City Police Department repeatedly impeded his attempts to report an alleged hate crime, and ...

Racial Slur Burned Into Florida Man's Front Lawn

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

A man in Palm Bay, Florida, says his family feels threatened after vandals used a chemical to burn the racial slur n***** into his front lawn. Courtn...

Fox News Gets Schooled On Why WDBJ Shooting Isn't Necessarily An Anti-White Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.26.2015 | Media

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Kansas City Calls for Action and Healing in Response to Tamara Dominguez's Murder

Randall Jenson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

The murder of trans women, particularly trans women of color, is a real epidemic facing our nation. We demand immediate attention on both local and national levels to end this violence.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Rewriting History or Acknowledging It?

Michael Putzel | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Hauling down the Confederate battle flag from its staff on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in July marked a tectonic shift in white rulers' manipulation of the tragic racial history of the American South. It may have been just the beginning.

Teen Lesbian Couple Attacked In Alleged Hate Crime At Six Flags New England

MassLive | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.02.2015 | Gay Voices

AGAWAM -- Two women were arrested Wednesday after allegedly attacking and injuring a lesbian couple they observed kissing at Six Flags New England, a...

Shooting Our Mouths Off

John A. Tures | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Nationwide, we mourn the victims of the Lafayette Theater shooting. It is a particularly sad time for people in West Georgia and East Alabama who knew the shooter, and have to come to grips with someone they know perpetrating such a deed. Yet some want to keep the hate that helped fuel Rusty Houser going.

Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

A grand jury indicted Dylann Roof on federal hate crime charges, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Roof faces 33 federal charges, includin...

Christopher Mathias

Woman Claims NYPD Officer Called Her A 'F**king Dyke' Before Brutally Assaulting Her | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.16.2015 | Black Voices

An NYPD officer is under investigation for a possible hate crime after a Brooklyn woman accused him of assaulting her and calling her homophobic slurs...

The Double Standard In Race Based Violence

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 07.01.2015 | Crime
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

It may appear that America's very painful journey in dealing with race relations has taken yet another difficult detour. Over the last 22 days, words and phrases characterizing Black and White youth and their behaviors have flooded social media and online news agencies.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

To Be a Thorn in the Side

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

A reminder never to be silent in the face of injustice and hopelessness; never to be resigned to a status quo that accepts a widening gap between rich and poor, black and white, and too many atrocities like this one in Charleston.

Confederate Flags: A Day Late, a Dollar Short

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Southerners claim a deep allegiance to the good old United States of America, but ironically celebrate their ancestors' efforts to dissolve the very union of states whose flag they now so proudly fly. You cannot simultaneously love the United States and love the idea of dissolving the bond between states that constitute the country.

94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect recent church burnings that have occurred in the week since the shooting in Charleston. When Dylann...

Hey South Carolina - Symbols Matter

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.23.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

South Carolina flies the Confederate flag in its state capitol. To many, that flag is a symbol of a violent, racist past. A nostalgic celebration of a time when blacks were actively oppressed, enslaved, and brutalized while government officials looked the other away - or even actively participated.

Charleston: Quenching the Embers of Hate

Jim Moore | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

When I was a scout on my first camp-out, each boy in the troop was assigned a task; some scouts were in charge of the food; some took care of the large canisters of Kool-Aid and water; some helped with tent raising; and others, usually at least one older boy along with a couple of younger scouts, were in charge of the fire pit.

15 Photos That Show How The Charleston Community Is Mourning Together

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices

Large crowds gathered in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday to mourn the nine people slain in a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopa...

Charleston Church Shooting: The Danger of 'All Are Welcome'

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

While we tend to speak of the United States as a nation based on freedom, none of us is truly free until all are free. We are bound by the spilling of the blood of our kindred spirits. For that, we mourn.

Charleston Church Shooting Victims Identified

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime

The identities of the nine victims of Wednesday night's shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have been released. Rev....