The authors, a current and a former member of the community’s Human Relations Commission, will share the painful experiences of African-American citizens faced with racial hatred in a predominantly Latino community in Southern California. In this case study, the authors will share the stories and describe the steps taken by the city’s administration to address the hate crimes perpetuated in a group of defenseless community members. The authors will address the response from the City Council which took immediate action to protect the injured citizens and bring about justice. Council members worked collaboratively with its police department, community agencies, including schools, and in consultation with the state Hate Crimes Taskforce, to create a comprehensive plan to address these egregious incidents and to offer community support in terms of protective services, education, and other resources to ensure that these hate crimes will not happen again in their city.
|Keywords:||Hate Crimes, Prejudice, Racial Discrimination|
Professor, Child and Family Development, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA
Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA