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The Golden State of Hate: California Hate Crime Watch





The Golden State of Hate: California Hate Crime Watch

The white supremacist march in Charlottesville, and its explosive aftermath, have focused the nation’s attention on the far right and its ideology of intolerance. Across the country, hate crimes are on the rise — and California is no exception.

A report published by the state’s Department of Justice found that the number of hate crime events increased 11.2% in 2016, compared to the previous year. The report shows that more than half of the hate crimes in California were based on race, ethnicity or national origin. 

Although California is known for its progressive and diverse communities, it is also the state with the highest number of hate groups, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Capital & Main will be posting media reports of hate crimes in California, from January 2017 on, in this sectionMany other hate crimes are reported only to law enforcement agencies; those do not appear here.

For more Capital & Main coverage of hate and extremism in California, see our special series, “The Golden State of Hate.”

We encourage you to send us information on any hate crimes in your community by contacting us at


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