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Hate Crimes Double In Connecticut

People take part in a rally against hate and confront the rising violence against Asian Americans at Columbus Park in the Chinatown section of Manhattan borough of New York, on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
Associated Press

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.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.