Hate Crimes on the Rise in California

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Protestors hold signs during a demonstration denouncing racist attacks against muslims on December 18, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hate crimes in California increased more than 11 percent last year, according to a California Department of Justice report released this month. Race-related hate crimes - mostly against African Americans and Latinos -- accounted for the majority of the incidents, but hate crimes against people based on their sexual orientation and against Muslims and Jews also rose. Forum discusses the disturbing trend and what may be driving it.

Read the Report (California Department of Justice)

Brian Levin,
director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino