FBI Report Shows Sharp Increase in Hispanic Hate Crimes

POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 2:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:26pm

"I remember seeing signs that read ‘No Mexicans or dogs allowed,’" recalls Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

He grew up as a child farm worker in California and now, several decades later, he still feels the very same hate.

"The reasons are very straight forward. They're economic, but beyond that they’re racist to a large degree," said Nogales.

A recent report from the FBI shows that in 2010, 66 percent of hate crimes toward ethnic groups targeted Hispanics. In 2009 the number was at 45 percent.

"It's not a surprise,” Nogales said. “I am surprised the number is as low as it is."

He feels those numbers would be higher if Mexican illegal immigrants reported the hate crimes against them.

Jose Gatica of East Los Angeles said he has never been the victim of a hate crime, but he was with a friend who experienced hateful discrimination as they tried to enter an LA bar.

"He showed his ID -- his Mexican one -- and they stopped him and they didn't let him in," said Gatica.

Nogales doesn't see the hate crimes number falling anytime soon.

"There are bigots of all stripes of all sizes around the nation that need to blame someone, and we are the most convenient target," he said.

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Yah well with the sudden increase of Hispanics that basically make up the majority of this country you would automatically understand the numbers will be higher than anyone else. Its a report nothing more. Ask the FBI for some other reports about other races I'm sure you will find ones about other races having increases of something else too.

Come on stop feeding the media frenzies of people who don't know better. Take responsbility for your reports and stop this already Ch9

More fear mongering. All bs especially in LA. Its always somebody else that it happened to. Never the person telling the fable.

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