Melissa Morgan is the Director of Partnerships for the OC Human Relations Commission. The job of the Commission is to build a Safe, Respectful, Inclusive Community.
#HATEFREEOC is a public awareness site.
Since the 2016 election, people feel more emboldened, and hate incidences and crimes have risen. Below is a chart that shows the huge spike in November 2016.
Melissa described a long history of hate crimes in Orange County, beginning in the 1920’s and continuing with a neo-Nazi movement in the mid 1990’s and the continued existence of a KKK local chapter.
There has been a recent increase in hate groups, especially against Muslims. However with the small black community in OC, blacks are still the #1 victims. Perpetrators tend to be young white males between 20-30 years old.
Hate Crimes are defined as illegal events that occur because of a person’s nationality, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. A Hate Incident is hate motivated, but not a crime, and is protected under the First Amendment.
What to do when you encounter Hate: Report it, listen to the victim. Don’t try to explain or convince or intervene.