There's no room in our society for bigotry and prejudice. Help your police department prevent and procecute hate crimes by reporting hate-motivated activity, particularly where it may involve criminal behavior. Don't wait until someone is harmed be a crime preventer, not a crime enabler. Tell the police.|
A hate crime is targeted criminal activity, usually motivated by prejudice based on perceived personal characteristics of the victims. These motivations may include race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. See the end of this article for the FBI's guidelines as to what constitues a "hate crime".
Not limited to individual activity, many organizations have been labeled as "hate groups" where their group objectives and activities promote prejudicial behavior and even organized criminal activity targeting groups of citizens.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) maintains a database of U.S. hate group activities. You can find a current list of hate groups that may be active in your area by clicking here or on the map, below.
Organizations that were known to be recently active, whether that activity included marches, rallies, meetings, leafleting, publishing literature or chriminal activity, are included in the SPLC database.
Other Anti-Hate Links: (external links)
Ten Ways to Fight Hate
Not In Our Town
Stop The Hate
FBI UCR Hate Crime Reports
Southern Poverty Law Center home page
The FBI Hate/Bias Motivation Guidlines to law enforcement agencies for determining what constitutes a hate crime:
Because of the difficulty of ascertaining the offender's subjective motivation, bias is to be reported ONLY if the investigation reveals sufficient objective evidence of biased motivation to meet a probable cause type standard.
Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
Hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offender's bias aganst race, religion ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
THAT THE CRIME IS MOTIVATD BY BIAS
An important distinction must be made. The mere fact that the offender is biased against the victim's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, or disability, doesn't mean that a hate crime was involved. Rather, the offender's criminal act must have been motivated, in whole or part, by his/her bias.
Therefore, before an incident can be reported as a hate crime, sufficient objective facts must be present to meet a probable cause-type standard that the offender's actions were motivated, in whole or part, by bias. While no single factor may be conclusive, facts such as the following, particularly when combined, are support for a finding of bias.
To report any hate-motivated activity that comes to your attention, at the University of Oklahoma, particularly where it may involve criminal activity, contact our Crime Prevention Unit by email or by telephone at 325-2864.
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