UPDATED, AUGUST 18, 4:48 P.M.: Update by Marisa Gerber.
says hate crimes fell from 77 in 2009 to 56 in 2010. The report, which is available online, also says two groups fell victim to more hate crimes in 2010 than they did in 2009. Which two groups? African Americans and Christians. In 2010, the number of hate crimes against African Americans went up by two to 18 and Christians were the victims of three hate crimes, instead of zero in 2009.
A panel of four people — each representing groups targeted with hate crimes — shared anecdotes and fielded questions at the report-release event this morning. They all agreed that the numbers are far from definitive.
[A]n African-American woman and a white man were walking together in their
apartment complex when they heard a white male on an upstairs balcony
yell, “Interracial relationships are wrong!” and call the woman a
The perpetrator then walked downstairs and confronted the
couple, punched the man in the face knocking him down and then kicked
his back causing concussions. The perpetrator then fled the scene.
Yep, that's a hate crime all right, and the OC Human Relations Commission has been tracking them since 1991.
Working with law enforcement, community leaders and community organizations, the panel works to
prevent hate crimes, create awareness of their existence and assist hate crime
The 2010 report will be released to the press at 10 a.m. today in downtown Santa Ana.
Besides Kennedy, experts helping to break down the data will be Commissioner Ken Inouye; Ed Thomas of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine; Kevin O'Grady, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach; Ameena Qazi, deputy executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations; and Ginger Hahn, executive director of The Center OC.
Look for the report to be posted at ochumanrelations.org.