OC Hate Crime Report Shows Hatin's Up!

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Hate crimes against gays, lesbians, blacks, Jews and Latinos were up in Orange County in 2011, according to the OC Human Relations Council's 20th annual Hate Crime Report.

Similar crimes dipped from the previous year against whites, Muslims and Asians/Pacific Islanders, the same survey found.

Overall, reported hate crimes rose 14 percent over 2010's totals, the gender of most haters was unknown, and most hating took place in public.

"Even as we have made strides in intergroup understanding, the fears brought on by uncertainty in the economy, changing demographics, and international turmoil can result in more of this bias-related crime," explains Carol Turpen, chairwoman of the OC Human Relations Council, in the introduction to the report you can read here: 2011 Hate Crime Report.

There were 64 hate crimes reported in 2011, compared with 56 in 2010. Of those reported last year, 30 were racially or ethnically motivated, about 25 percent targeted someone over his/her perceived religion and those against members of the gay/lesbian community rose to 7 from 5 in 2010.

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Those numbers are small for a county with a population exceeding 3 million, but Rusty Kennedy, the longtime OC Human Relations Council executive director, notes in an email, "it is important to recognize that each hate crime included in the report represents one of our neighbors who was targeted simply because of some aspect of their being--their ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation or ability."

It's also important to recognize unreported hate crimes happen every day.

The report was released today at the Santa Ana offices of OC Human Relations after an introduction by Commissioner and Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard, whose law enforcement agency was among many countywide that contributed data.

The council since 1971 "has worked to build bridges of understanding to promote a vision of our community where all people are valued and included and our diversity is realized as a source of strength," according to its website.

Learn more at www.ochumanrelations.org, www.facebook.com/ochumanrelations or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WeAreOneOC.

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Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

The "Human Relations Commission" is simply another anti-white organization. Diversity is *not* strength, the social science data prove that. 'Changing demographics' is slow-motion ethnic cleansing of whites.

carlashworth
carlashworth

I’m sure it is no surprise to readers of this blog that I would comment on the quality and quantity of Rusty Kennedy’s statistics. I preface my comments with a quote from the American author, Mark Twain. He said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines hate crimes as “A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.” In 2009, Congress expanded the definition of hate crimes to include transgender, lesbian and gay persons. Congress defines  hate crimes as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Upon closer inspection of Kennedy’s statistics,  the occurances of hate crimes  have been skewed higher by lumping  in hate incidents. The definition of hate incident is “Behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of his/her difference.”  Such incidents include actions motivated by bias, but do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime.” Rusty Kennedy’s graph showing “64 Hate Crimes”does not reflect the findings of Orange County District Attorney’s office on this topic. Out of Kennedy’s 64 “hate crimes” the district attorney only found 27 came close to meeting definition of hate crime. From this number, the OC DA rejected 14 of them. All total, only eleven incidents in Orange County  met the definition of hate crime. Eleven incidents of actual hate crimes out of population of 3,055,745 does not constitute a tip of the iceberg prediction  of rampant hate crimes if Rusty Kennedy’s Orange County Human Relations Commission is not annually funded $300,000 of our tax dollars given out by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. A more accurate metaphor is these statistics shows Orange County’s incidents of intolerance is a mere  drop in the bucket. A more accurate analysis of Rusty Kennedy’s stats reveals the Orange County Human Relations Commission does not have a reason to exist. As for the increased incidents of vandalism, I bet Rusty Kennedy factored in the pathetic, schizophrenic, fifty-five year old woman who in the midst of her  psychotic break spray painted epithets on public buildings. I wonder if  Rusty Kennedy’s commission  factored in the blatant hate crime where a disabled man was beaten to death because he was disabled by Fullerton police officers. Oh, I forgot. The Fullerton police did  not kill Kelly Thomas because he was disabled and homeless. According to Rusty Kennedy’s letter to his sister’s very local newspaper “The Fullerton Observer”, it was the community of fullerton’s indifference to homelessness that killed Kelly Thomas.

puffy
puffy

 @Mitchell_Young I get trying to keep your raza pure. White or black. All good. Theres no shame in that, but all that violence BS hurting and hating is crap. Hurting everyone and not just your own. Rather than helping your raza you making them look like ignorant fools

puffy
puffy

 @ageofknowledge So true. OC is filled with ignorant and naive fools. There ways to build and show pride but they're so much ignorance here

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

@ageofknowledge [Cuckoo clock] "Cuckoo! … cuckoo! … cuckoo!"

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