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Monday, September 10, 2012

Californians Don't Hate Each Other as Much as They Used To

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Californians are hatin' on hate
  • Californians are hatin' on hate
Well, this might help explain last year's mass exodus to Texas.

The California Attorney General's Office released some uplifting stats that show Californians have less hostility -- or at least they're not acting on it -- than in previous years. The AG welcomed the numbers which show an over 4 percent drop in reported hate crimes in 2011.

Perhaps this comes as a surprise to you, considering some of the depressing headlines we've seen as recently as this week, such as "Marines probed for hate crime beating outside California gay bar."

Still, hate crimes dropped from 1,107 in 2010 to 1,060 reported crimes in 2011, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Hate crimes involving race, ethnicity, and national origin account for the most common type, representing 57.5 percent of those reported last year.

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • Anti-black hate crimes account for 29.5

    percent of all hate crimes;


  • Since 2002, anti-Hispanic hate crimes have

    decreased by 43.6 percent;


  • Hate crime events involving a sexual orientation bias decreased 12.5 percent, from 279 in 2010 to 244 in 2011;

  • Hate crime events involving a religious bias increased 1.5 percent, from 198 in 2010 to 201 in 2011.

  • Anti-Jewish hate crimes continue to be most

    common, accounting for 8 percent of all hate crimes reported since 2002;


  • Of the 161 cases with a disposition available for this

    report, 46 percent were hate crime convictions, 50 percent were other convictions, and 4 percent were not convicted.


"There is no place in our inclusive Golden State for hate crimes and their destruction of what makes California so special," Harris said in a statement released last week. "I welcome the decrease in these senseless crimes and commend state and local law enforcement for their efforts to protect every Californian."

The hate crime reporting system was implemented by the Department of

Justice in 1994. Law enforcement agencies are required to submit copies

of initial crime reports to the department, and each agency has

established procedures incorporating a two-tier review process. The

first level is done by the initial officer who responded to the

suspected hate crime incident. Then each report is reviewed by at least

one other officer to confirm that the event was, in fact, a hate crime.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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