Hate Crimes Double In Connecticut
Connecticut has seen a doubling of hate crimes in the state over the past year. It follows a national trend.
Data from the Anti-Defamation League Center of Extremism indicated in 2020 there were close to 130 reported hate crimes in Connecticut including white supremacy, anti-Semitic incidents and extremist murder. In 2019, the ADL reported 65 hate crimes in the state.
Jonathan A. Greenblatt is the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. In a statement, he said white supremacists appear to be more emboldened than ever with the election and pandemic. The Anti-Defamation League said hate crimes towards people of Asian descent have also risen this year due to COVID and rhetoric by former President Trump.
The Anti-Defamation League said white supremacist propaganda reached a new high in the past year with a national average of 14 incidents a day.
Data from the ADL does not show the full scope of the issue and only a nationwide snapshot only of reported hate crimes according to experts.