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June 18, 2013 0

FBI Will Collect And Report Hate Crimes Directed Against Sikhs, Arabs And Hindus

Ear­lier this month, an FBI Advi­sory Pol­icy Board (APB) rec­om­mended that the Bureau sep­a­rately col­lect and report hate crimes directed against Sikhs, Arabs, and Hin­dus as part of its annual national data col­lec­tion pro­gram man­dated by the Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics Act of 1990 (HCSA).  sikh-hate-crime

The Anti-Defamation League wel­comed the deci­sion. The League had sup­ported col­lect­ing these sep­a­rate cat­e­gories since 2008 – and had pro­moted the action in an August 2012 let­ter to Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder, Jr. and in com­pre­hen­sive tes­ti­mony to the Sen­ate Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee in Sep­tem­ber, 2012.  And, in May, the League coor­di­nated a let­ter to APB mem­bers from 79 national civil rights, reli­gious, edu­ca­tion, civic, and pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tions urg­ing this action. 

In the imme­di­ate after­math of the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist attacks, the nation wit­nessed an increase in attacks against Amer­i­cans who appeared to be of Mus­lim, Arab, Mid­dle East­ern, and South Asian descent. The tragic bias-motivated mur­ders of six Sikh wor­ship­pers at their Gur­d­wara in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin last August is one of the most recent examples.

Sadly, there is sub­stan­tial evi­dence that these com­mu­ni­ties have been tar­geted for vio­lence and van­dal­ism because of their reli­gious prac­tices, appear­ance, and apparel – includ­ing dis­tinc­tive beards, tur­bans, tra­di­tional fore­head art, or head coverings.

ADL will now work with FBI and the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to update their HCSA train­ing man­ual and to work with the affected com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide edu­ca­tion, train­ing, and out­reach for law enforce­ment offi­cials about these crimes.

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June 14, 2013 0

ADL Marks 20th Anniversary Of Wisconsin v. Mitchell Decision

This week marks the 20th anniver­sary of the land­mark Supreme Court deci­sion in Wis­con­sin v. Mitchell uphold­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Wisconsin’s hate crimes law, which was based on ADL model leg­is­la­tion drafted in 1981.supreme-court-hate-crimes-adl

Con­gress, forty-five states, and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia now have laws based on our sim­i­lar to the ADL model statute.  ADL’s Wash­ing­ton Coun­sel Michael Lieber­man described the sig­nif­i­cance of this week’s anniver­sary in an op-ed, “Pun­ish­ment to Fit the (Hate) Crime,” pub­lished today in The Hill’s Con­gress Blog.

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June 11, 2013 0

Massachusetts Lone Wolf Convicted Of First-Degree Murder

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On May 30, a Brock­ton Supe­rior Court jury found Mass­a­chu­setts white suprema­cist Keith Luke guilty of first-degree mur­der and related charges stem­ming from a Jan­u­ary 2009 racially-motivated killing spree that was one of the most heinous of sev­eral high-profile white suprema­cist “lone wolf” attacks that year. He sub­se­quently received two con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences with­out parole, plus an addi­tional 158 years in prison.

Luke shot and killed two women, immi­grants from Cape Verde, and sex­u­ally assaulted and attempted to mur­der a third, on Jan­u­ary 21, 2009. Fol­low­ing these killings, Luke led police on a brief chase before they appre­hended him—which pre-empted a planned racially moti­vated killing spree directed at Jews and non-whites.  After his appre­hen­sion, Luke told police that he had planned to con­tinue his mur­der­ous ram­page at a syn­a­gogue later that evening.

Author­i­ties charged Luke with two counts of mur­der, two counts of armed assault with intent to mur­der, aggra­vated rape, kid­nap­ping, armed home inva­sion, unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm, and unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of ammu­ni­tion. Accord­ing to the police, dur­ing his inter­ro­ga­tion Luke said that he had planned to kill as many “non­white peo­ple” as he could in an effort to “fight” for his “dying race.”

Luke was a lone wolf white suprema­cist, with no ties to any orga­nized extrem­ist group.  In the weeks lead­ing up to the mur­ders, Luke was a con­stant on-line pres­ence, mak­ing racist com­ments, racially harass­ing other on-line posters, and espe­cially view­ing white suprema­cist videos on YouTube.  Luke viewed more than 2,300 videos in the two weeks before the mur­ders.  Nearly all of the videos Luke tagged as his “favorites” were anti-Semitic or white suprema­cist in nature, with titles such as “Aryans Rise – They Seek Your Death.” Luke’s com­ments on var­i­ous on-line forums were sim­i­larly typ­i­cally extreme, such as “racial equal­ity is a [J]ewish lie.” And “Hitler was right.  Fuck all non whites.”

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