A hate crime is a criminal offense in which the motive is "hatred, bias, or prejudice, based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation of another individual or group of individuals."
In 2002 police agencies reported a total of 7462 hate-crime incidents, including 11 murders. Approximately 19% of the incidents were motivated by religious bias, 48.8% were caused by racial hatred, and 14.8 were driven by prejudice against ethnicity or national origin. Another 16.7% of all hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, and most of those were committed against males believed by their victimizers to be homosexuals. A relatively small number of hate crimes targeted the physically or mentally disabled.
Since Donald Trumps election hate crime rates have increased. Read more here.
How can we help?
To stop hate crimes we must start with the younger generations. We must teach them that everyone is different and we must accept them and treat them the same.
We could report hate crimes more often even if they are small.
Posters, ads and billboards would be a great way to raise awareness.