UPDATED 2:47 PM PT – Thursday, November 11, 2021
Newly released data has shed some light on the growing division in America’s cities.
According to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, the number of reported hate crimes rose 20 percent in Los Angeles last year. Of the 635 cases reported, 61 percent were racially motivated.
The most dramatic increase was in crimes targeting white, Black, Latino and Asian residents. In 2020, anti-white hate crimes climbed 127 percent, showing the highest increase of any other racial group.
“This report is another alarming reminder that we have a long way to go in building a more inclusive and just society,” said Hilda L. Solis, the chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 76 percent, mirroring similar statistics in other major U.S. cities. Meanwhile, anti-Black crimes increased by 35 percent, while anti-Latino crimes jumped 58 percent.
This report is another alarming reminder that we have a long way to go in building a more inclusive and just society. The LA vs. Hate initiative, which started through a motion I authored back in 2019, continues to be a critical tool for @CountyofLA to combat against hate. https://t.co/SZeTmA0D7V
— Hilda Solis (@HildaSolis) November 10, 2021