recent report indicates that hate crimes are on the rise in 9 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, including the three largest cities – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino looked at the hate crime data from 13 jurisdictions in 2016, finding an overall increase of 14.4 percent in hate crimes. For some of those cities, data from the first few months of 2017 also indicate a rise in hate crimes compared to last year, although it is still too early to tell. Center director Brian Levin joins Matter of Fact to dig into the numbers and discuss some of the possibly causes.

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