One Community’s Answer to Hate

By T. Scott Bledsoe and Maria A. Pacino.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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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

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.17-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 419.756KB).

Dr. T. Scott Bledsoe

Professor, Child and Family Development, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Dr. Maria A. Pacino

Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Dr. Maria A. Pacino is Director and Professor of School Library Programs online in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University in California, U.S.A. She has presented at state, national and international conferences and published extensively in the fields of diversity, literacy and technology. In 2008, she published a book, Reflections on Equity, Diversity and Schooling. In 2012, she co-edited a book, Faith Integration and Schools of Education for which she also contributed two chapters.