Senate Passes Anti-Asian-American Hate Crimes Bill

The vote, 92 to 6, could allow for final passage later this week, though an amendment process could be another roadblock.

#asian-americans, #hate-crimes, #senate

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He Was Charged in an Anti-Asian Attack. It Was His 33rd Arrest.

Many people arrested in assaults on Asian residents in New York have had a history of mental health episodes, arrests and homelessness, complicating the city’s search for an effective response.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elliot-brandon-march-29-2001-assault, #hate-crimes, #homeless-persons, #race-and-ethnicity, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #trump-donald-j

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Would You Jump In to Stop an Assault?

A recent video showed several men seeming to ignore an anti-Asian attack in Midtown. Yet research shows that most people are more than willing to intervene and help someone.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chauvin-derek-1976, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #genovese-kitty, #hate-crimes, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #urban-areas

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Anti-Asian Attack in New York Hits a Nerve in the Philippines

The country’s foreign secretary responded forcefully to the recent assault on a Filipino immigrant in New York City. Some have called it hypocritical.

#asian-americans, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #philippines

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For Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be life-saving.

A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to Los Angeles specifically, in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten in Detroit by a Chrysler plant supervisor and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker, who reportedly believed that Chin was of Japanese descent and were angry over the growing success of Japan’s auto industry. Chin, who was attending his own bachelor party the night that he fought off the pair — he was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat — died days later at age 27.

While anti-Asian sentiment may have seemed to lessen over the following decades, it has remained constant, and like countless others, Tung as been on the receiving end of it, he says. “Growing up, I faced my share of taunts, of racial epithets, whether it was in California or Boston or New York.  I’m fortunate that I’m over 6’4″ tall and weigh more than 200 pounds,” or he might be physically harassed at some point, too.

Tung has never been more mindful of his size than now. Even while anti-Asian sentiment never fully dissipated in the U.S., it worsened abruptly last year based on political rhetoric about the coronavirus. “As COVID broke out in China, we knew that Asian Americans would be blamed,” says Tung, who flies back and forth to China routinely for work as a managing director with the cross-border investment firm GGV Capital. “We saw this with SARS, too, but it wasn’t as big a pandemic, so people were being harassed and not killed.”

Anecdotally, Tung believes life is more dangerous right now for Asians in the U.S. based on conversations with friends and family members and the worrisome headlines to emerge of elderly individuals in particular being beaten on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland and on New York subways and outside of Times Square, as happened on Monday when a 65-year-old woman was viscously attacked in a scene that was filmed by an onlooker and has provoked national outrage.

The numbers back him up. From 2019 to 2020, overall hate crime rate declined while hate crimes targeting Asians increased, as first reported by NBC based on analysis released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Overall, its examination revealed that while such crimes decreased overall by 7 percent last year, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent, with the biggest surge in New York, where anti-Asian hate crimes rose from three in 2019 to 28 last year, a 833% increase.

With those numbers seemingly continuing to climb in 2021, Tung and his partners at GGV Capital decided to take action two weeks ago, quickly settling on what they do best, which is to respond to the rising violence with their financial muscle and network.

A first step was publicly offering to match $100,000 in donations to organizations that support the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities. GGV’s move was almost immediately matched by other investors and founders eager to help, including Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed and Eric Kim and Chi-Hua Chien of Goodwater Capital, who also offered to match donations.

Fast forward and Tung says that 11 days into a de facto Twitter campaign, roughly $5 million in donations have now been made by more than 175 founders (including Jen Rubio, Stewart Butterfield, and Eric Yuan) and members of more than 30 venture firms in a kind of partnership that is “rare to see in the VC community,” Tung notes.

It’s a great start, Tung says. At the same time, he notes that the problem is ongoing and that more resources — which everyone is sending on an individual basis to a variety of Asian-American community groups that are dealing with a spiking racism and its implications — are needed. Toward that end, GGV is recommending at least five organizations whose work it believes to be making an impact. These include Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Red Canary Song, GoFundMe Support the AAPI Community, Stop AAPI Hate, and Compassion in Oakland.

Tung takes pains to note that GGV has been active in other campaigns, including AllRaise, the organization that’s bringing more gender equality to investment firms and to the board room. He says that his partners were also highly moved by the Black Lives Matter movement last spring, donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other organizations.

In fact, he says that earlier movements — including an effort by investor Ryan Sarver of Redpoint last year to help both front-line workers and restaurant workers by devising a way for donors to “buy” chef-made meals for hospital staff — have been experiences from which he has learned.

One of those lessons is that when something is close enough to one’s heart, it’s worth the risk of being perceived as a “VC who is showing off” if it moves the needle.

In this case, says Tung, “so many of these crimes are treated as individual incidents and not as hate crimes, which comes with more severe penalties” that he is determined to raise awareness and visibility into the matter, even if it means making himself more vulnerable than he is comfortable.

“When it comes to Asian hate, it’s such a personal matter,” he says.

#anti-asian, #asian-americans-advancing-justice, #compassion-in-oakland, #ggv-capital, #hans-tung, #hate-crimes, #red-canary-song, #stop-aapi-hate, #tc, #venture-capital

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Man Arrested in Anti-Asian Attack Was on Parole for Killing Mother

Brandon Elliot, who killed his mother two decades ago, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with the brutal assault on a Filipino woman near Times Square.

#assaults, #brodsky-organization, #elliot-brandon-march-29-2001-assault, #hate-crimes, #kari-vilma, #police-department-nyc

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In Broad Daylight, Another Anti-Asian Attack

The attack was especially shocking after a yearlong nationwide surge of violence. The police have arrested a man on a hate crime charge.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #filipino-americans, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What’s Wrong With Our Hate Crime Laws?

Charging someone with a hate crime sends a message to the perpetrator, the victim and the community. But is it always the right choice?

#anti-defamation-league, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #criminal-justice, #hate-crimes

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Biden Announces Actions to Combat Anti-Asian Attacks

“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Biden said after an assault on a woman in New York.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #health-and-human-services-department, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Attack on Asian Woman in Midtown Prompts Another Hate Crime Investigation

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes task force said it was searching for a man who kicked a 65-year-old woman, stomped on her and made anti-Asian statements toward her on a sidewalk.

#assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #police-department-nyc

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In a Role Reversal, Asian-Americans Aim to Protect Their Parents From Hate

The conversations represent a fraught yet tender shift in the traditional parent-child dynamic.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #chinese-americans, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #korean-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #taiwanese-americans

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An Asian-American Official Bared His Chest, Revealing Scars From His Army Service

“People question my patriotism, that I don’t look American enough,” Lee Wong, an elected official in an Ohio township, said at a recent public meeting.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #cincinnati-ohio, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #lee-wong, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Misogyny Fuels Violence Against Women. Should It Be a Hate Crime?

Experts say the everyday harassment women have learned to put up with — the catcalling and lewd gestures — connects directly with more serious abuses.

#discrimination, #domestic-violence, #hate-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

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Are Hate Crime Laws Really the Answer to Anti-Asian Violence?

President Biden urged Congress to pass a new one. But many are skeptical that the criminal justice system can offer a solution.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #debatable, #hate-crimes, #law-and-legislation

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Attacks Against Asian New Yorkers: What to Know

A rash of assaults came on a weekend when hundreds gathered to protest a yearlong surge of attacks and hate crimes.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Atlanta Massacre and the Media’s Morality Plays

Journalists should give readers the facts, not play to fears.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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As Protesters Rally Against Anti-Asian Hate, N.Y.C. Records 5 Attacks

The authorities said they were investigating at least four of the attacks as possible hate crimes, including one that left a man in critical condition.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity

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The Many Faces of Post-Trump Stress Disorder

It seemed like everything was calming down, until it wasn’t.

#metoo-movement, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #fillmore-millard, #hate-crimes, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Some Georgia Lawmakers Want Last Week’s Shootings Labeled Hate Crimes

Violence that left eight dead, including six women of Asian descent, will be the first stress test for a Georgia hate crime law.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #discrimination, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures

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Confronting Violence Against Asians, Biden Says That ‘We Cannot Be Complicit’

Vice President Kamala Harris joined the president in forcefully condemning the killings in Atlanta. “Racism is real in America, and it has always been,” she said.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

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‘A long line of hate’ against Asian-Americans in N.Y.C.

The community is grappling with the reality that the law is not designed for the ways in which people of Asian descent experience racism.

#art, #asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #bronx-documentary-center, #hate-crimes, #jackson-heights-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

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Asian-Americans Are Scared for a Reason

Bigotry and demagoguing have pushed communities to a “crisis point.”

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity

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A Murderous Rampage in Georgia

A shooting at three spas in the Atlanta area left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent. Many Asian-Americans fear it’s part of an upsurge of racist violence that the legal system has struggled to recognize.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

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Asian-Americans Are Being Attacked. Why Are Hate Crime Charges So Rare?

Several recent attacks have not been charged as hate crimes, fueling protests and outrage among many Asian-Americans.

#asian-americans, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #police-department-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity

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What to Know About the Atlanta Massage Parlor Shootings

The local authorities and the F.B.I., are investigating the shootings, in which eight people were killed, including six Asians.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #cherokee-county-ga, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #korean-americans, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #robert-aaron-long

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Biden Condemns Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans

“It’s wrong,” President Biden said. “It’s un-American, and it must stop.”

#asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity

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We Need to Put a Name to This Violence

The recent attacks on Asian-Americans have unearthed the contradictions and questions beneath America’s impoverished understanding of race. To solve the problem, we must first learn how to talk about it.

#assaults, #chinese-americans, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #korean-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #ratanapakdee-vicha-d-2021

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Fatal Attack on Thai Man in San Francisco Fuels #StopAsianHate

Among Asian-Americans, many of whom have endured racist taunts, rants and worse during the pandemic, the fatal assault on a defenseless older man became a rallying cry.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #thailand, #vicha-ratanapakdee, #watson-antoine

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What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America

Too often, attention to nonwhite groups is only as pressing as the injuries that they have suffered.

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Attacker Stalked Women in Brooklyn for Weeks as Police Stayed Silent

Women were repeatedly being assaulted at or near a Williamsburg subway station, but the police failed to post warnings. One victim’s social media post finally led to an arrest.

#assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #east-williamsburg-brooklyn-ny, #harrison-rodney-k, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #women-and-girls

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Lone Wolves Connected Online: A History of Modern White Supremacy

Forty years ago, Louis Beam had the idea of using the internet to drive a movement. Today, his vision is disturbingly prevalent.

#aryan-nations, #beam-louis, #brennan-center-for-justice, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #mcveigh-timothy-james, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Life Sentence for White Man Who Fatally Stabbed Black Student in Maryland

A brief and violent encounter that was called a racially motivated hate crime cast a pall over two college campuses.

#bowie-state-university, #colleges-and-universities, #collins-richard-w-iii, #hate-crimes, #news-and-news-media, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-maryland, #urbanski-sean

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Violence Surged in N.Y.C. in 2020 Amid Pandemic and Protests

A time without precedent saw huge increases in homicides and shootings in the city as some other categories of crime plummeted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harrison-rodney-k, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #robberies-and-thefts, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Covid-19 Patient Is Bludgeoned to Death in California Hospital

The victim, an 82-year-old man, was hit with an oxygen tank by another patient with whom he was sharing a room, the authorities said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-abuse, #hate-crimes, #lancaster-calif, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Man Who Killed 2 Black People at Kroger Gets Life Without Parole

Gregory Bush shot Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice E. Stallard at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., in 2018 in a racially-motivated attack.

#black-people, #bush-gregory-a-1967, #hate-crimes, #kentucky, #kroger-company, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019

An F.B.I. report on hate crimes also found that more murders motivated by hate were recorded in 2019 than in any year before.

#anti-semitism, #el-paso-tex-shooting-2019, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #southern-poverty-law-center

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European Union Tries to Counter Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Wave in Hungary and Poland

The bloc is trying to stop the Eastern European member nations from advancing discriminatory measures, but its legal powers are limited.

#discrimination, #european-union, #hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hungary, #poland, #politics-and-government, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #womens-rights

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Gay in Nigeria, Black Male in America

I learned how to carry myself to protect my safety back home, only to come to the U.S. and face a different danger.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #men-and-boys, #race-and-ethnicity, #torture, #united-states

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Anti-Semitism and What Feeds It

Two years after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the oldest hatred is flourishing across the political spectrum.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #anti-semitism, #chabad-of-poway-synagogue-shooting-2019, #discrimination, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #ice-cube-1969, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #race-and-ethnicity, #tree-of-life-pittsburgh-pa-synagogue, #zionism

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He Was a Rising Jazz Pianist. Then His N.Y.C. Dreams Were Shattered.

The police said an attack on the pianist was not a hate crime, but social media disagreed. Now he’s considering a return to Japan.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #hargrove-roy, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #hate-crimes, #jazz, #race-and-ethnicity, #unno-tadataka

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Bill Offering L.G.B.T. Protections in Italy Spurs Rallies on Both Sides

Supporters frame the measure as a long-overdue means to provide basic human rights. Opponents depict it as an overreaching step that would suppress opinion.

#assaults, #discrimination, #gender, #hate-crimes, #hate-speech, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #law-and-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

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White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Colorado Synagogue

Richard Holzer, 28, shared with undercover F.B.I. agents that he wanted to get a synagogue “off the map.”

#anti-semitism, #bombs-and-explosives, #colorado, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #holzer-richard, #jews-and-judaism, #pueblo-colo, #synagogues, #terrorism

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Michigan Man Charged With Hate Crime After Attack on Black Teen

A white man, Lee James Mouat, repeatedly used racial slurs before striking the teenager with a bike lock, witnesses told prosecutors.

#assaults, #black-people, #discrimination, #freelon-devin, #hate-crimes, #michigan, #mouat-lee-james

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Why ‘Stand Back and Stand By’ Should Set Off Alarm Bells

America’s failure to deal with the white power movement.

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Victim in 1963 Alabama Church Bombing Seeks State Restitution

Sarah Collins Rudolph lost her right eye at age 12 when a bomb went off at the 16th Street Baptist Church and killed four Black girls, including her sister.

#16th-street-baptist-church-birmingham-ala, #alabama, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #bombs-and-explosives, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #compensatory-damages, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #ivey-kay, #ku-klux-klan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #rudolph-sarah-collins

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Jewish Students Aid Owners of Kebab Shop Hit in Synagogue Attack

The Jewish Student Union in Germany hopes its campaign will help wipe away the stigma of the Yom Kippur attack and send a wider message of solidarity.

#anti-semitism, #germany, #gofundme, #halle-germany, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #merkel-angela, #philanthropy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #synagogues

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Louisiana Man Faces Murder Charge in Fatal Shooting of a Panhandler

A Black victim’s family seeks a federal investigation into how the police have handled a shooting after a confrontation with a white man.

#baton-rouge-la, #beggars, #black-people, #boyd-jace, #buckley-danny, #east-baton-rouge-parish-la, #hate-crimes, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #self-defense, #whites

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Smollett Case: Special Prosecutor Finds ‘Abuses of Discretion’

An investigation has found that the state’s attorney’s office did not violate the law in its handling of the case against the actor Jussie Smollett, but it cited substantial “operational failures.”

#chicago-ill, #foxx-kim, #hate-crimes, #mark-geragos, #smollett-jussie-1983, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #television, #webb-dan-k

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Virginia Man Who Drove Into Protesters Gets 6 Years in Prison

Harry H. Rogers, who prosecutors say is an admitted K.K.K. leader, faces three additional counts of attempted malicious wounding, a felony.

#assaults, #black-lives-matter-movement, #hate-crimes, #hit-and-run-drivers, #ku-klux-klan, #richmond-va, #rogers-harry, #virginia

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F.B.I. to Investigate Case of Black Man Pinned by White Man in Indiana

Vauhxx Booker said a group of white men surrounded him, pinned him against a tree and threatened to “get a noose” after he and his friends had gathered near Lake Monroe.

#assaults, #black-lives-matter-movement, #bloomington-ind, #booker-vauhxx, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes

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