Hate isn’t new.
But the bitterly contested 2016 presidential election – filled with harsh rhetoric about race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, trans status and religion – has generated troubling reports about hate crimes in America.
Hate flared last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists marched with Confederate flags shouting Nazi-inspired chants and a driver plowed his car into counter-protesters, killing one and injuring many.
And acts of hate have surfaced closer to home, ranging from the vandals repeatedly ripping down a Lutherville church’s Black Lives Matter banner to the white supremacist who drove from Baltimore to New York City where he fatally stabbed an African-American man.
There is no way to know for sure if these acts are increasing. No reliable national data on hate crimes exists and no government agency is documenting lower-level incidents of harassment and intimidation.
That’s why Baltimore Brew is partnering with other news organizations and civil rights groups in a project called Documenting Hate.
Led by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, it’s an effort to better track hate crimes across the United States.
We’re collecting information about physical assaults, threats, vandalism and other offenses that meet the FBI’s hate crime definition.
We also want to know about incidents of hate-driven harassment that might not legally count as a crime, including those that happened online.
If you’ve experienced an incident of hate or bias, or know of someone who has, we want to hear from you in the below Google Form.
If you’ve witnessed someone being similarly attacked, let us know.
Thank you for coming forward. Please leave your contact information so a reporter can follow up with you about the incident.
We will not publish your name or information without your permission.
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If you believe you are in danger, please contact the proper authorities.