Hate Crimes Against Latinos Rise 47 Percent in California

The year 2010 saw a marked uptick in hate crimes against Latinos statewide, according to newly released statistics from the California Attorney General's office.

Attorney General Kamala Harris' annual report on hate crimes — incidents in which victims are targeted because of their ethnicity, sexual preferences, or religious beliefs — showed that hate crimes as a whole held at a steady level. The number of such incidents rose from 1,100 in 2009 to 1,107 in 2010.

However, hate crimes against Latinos increased from 81 in 2009 to 119 in 2010, a 46.9-percent jump.

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