The Sacramento News & Review has joined ProPublica's Documenting Hate project, which provides members of the public with a discrete channel to report hate crimes and bias incidents to newsrooms like ours.
ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit producer of investigative journalism, started the project in the afternmath of the 2016 election, when anecdotal reports of prejudice-driven incidents—from murders to graffiti—escalated.
According to the California Attorney General’s Office’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center, hate crime events made a one-year increase by 11.2 percent to 931 events in 2016. Overall, hate crime events are down nearly 35 percent since 2007.
But these figures may not be accurate.
According to the state, 23 people in Sacramento County were the victim of hate crimes in 2016, including seven people in the city of Sacramento. The city is where a permitted rally of white nationalists exploded in violence in June 2016, resulting in injuries for at least 10 people.
The under-reporting of hate crimes and incidents is why ProPublica is leading a coalition of newsrooms and civil rights organizations around the country. Citing the lack of reliable national data, ProPublica launched this nationwide effort intent on reporting the nature and scope of hate crimes and bias incidents in the United States.
But we can’t do it without your help. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate crime or incident involving prejudice, please fill out the form below. Your report won’t be shared with law enforcement (though the Southern Poverty Law Center recommends you do report any hate crimes to police), and your name and contact information won’t be shared with anyone outside of this coalition without your permission.