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What We Discovered During a Year of Documenting Hate

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Hate crimes often fall through the cracks in our justice system, and we've only just scratched the surface of understanding why.

Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica

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Dec. 26, 2017 | The days after Election Day last year seemed to bring with them a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents. Reports filled social media and appeared in local news. There were the letters calling for the genocide of Muslims that were sent to Islamic centers from California to Ohio. And the swastikas that were scrawled on buildings around the country. In Florida, “colored” and “whites only” signs were posted over water fountains at a high school. A man assaulted a Hispanic woman in San Francisco, telling her “No Latinos here.”

But were these horrible events indicative of an increase in crimes and incidents themselves, or did the reports simply reflect an increased awareness and willingness to come forward on the part of victims and witnesses? As data journalists, we went looking for answers and were not prepared for what we found: Nobody knows for sure. Hate crimes are so poorly tracked in America, there’s no way to undertake the kind of national analysis that we do in other areas, from bank robberies to virus outbreaks.

Rachel Glickhouse is the ProPublica partner manager for Documenting Hate.

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As Mueller closes in, paranoia spreads in the White House

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  • Jeff Sessions tries to purge FBI of Comey’s influence, while right-wingers spread outrageous conspiracy theories.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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Heather Digby Parton, Salon

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_gavel.jpg 01.24.2018 | So Tuesday was a very busy day. Mueller runs a tight ship so it's quite likely this latest flurry of leaks is coming from the Department of Justice as a defensive response to the bizarre counter-narrative unfolding in the parallel universe of right-wing media and the GOP Congress. They have gone completely berserk.

House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the Tea Party fanatics who were weaned on the phony Benghazi investigations, have settled on a new crackpot theory: The FBI is full of Hillary Clinton supporters who stacked the deck in her favor for years and used all the powers of the "Deep State" to create this Russia hoax out of whole cloth. This time around, instead of emails, these folks are in a frenzy over some text messages showing that a couple of FBI employees had political opinions — which of course proves that Clinton should be in jail.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon.

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Related:

Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary
  • Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted.
  • Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?
  • A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.
  • Related: Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise

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After the rescue: what does the future hold for California's Turpin children?

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Trauma experts are divided over the prospects of the 13 children who escaped alleged parental abuse – but recent survival stories offer some hope.

Rory Carroll, Guardian 

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Sat 20 Jan 2018  | The 13 siblings are safe now, ensconced in the folds of California’s medical care, and it is their parents’ turn to be shackled.

A family that inhabited its own secluded world in a tile-roofed suburban house, a world of alleged violence, suffering and depravity, suddenly faces two very different paths.

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How America Outlawed Adolescence, Amanda Ripley, the Atlantic

  • At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
  • Related: From the Archives | Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

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More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout

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January 16, 2018 | More than a dozen people were recently arrested in El Cajon, California. Their crime? They were feeding the homeless.

“The arrests come in the wake of a newly enacted city ordinance banning people from feeding the homeless in public,” a local news station reported.

The group was aware of the ordinance, the report said, but defied the law in an act of civil disobedience on MLK Day. One man who was arrested proudly displayed his ticket on Twitter and referenced Rev. King in his tweet. 
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Miltimore previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and general assignment reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He also served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George. W Bush. 

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The “Me Too” Movement and the Rights of the Accused

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On December 15, Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced she would drop out of a race to represent Kansas's 3rd District. In 2005, Ramsey was accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an accusation she has denied. As the allegations resurfaced, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decided to withdraw its support for her campaign. "In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard," Ramsey said. "For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process." (Image: Andrea Ramsey for Congress)

Have the men and women accused of sexual harassment lost their right to a fair hearing?

Marilyn Katz, In These Times

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December 29, 2017 | Like many women of the Baby Boom generation who’ve worked outside the home, I’ve experienced the full range of sexual harassment and attempted abuse from absurd comments to unwanted touches or gropes to absolutely scary assaults.



I am disturbed by the mob mentality that seems to have overtaken the nation in addressing the problem. It is one thing to accuse, quite another to equate accusation with guilt.



 

I’m delighted that we women have won the right to declare our bodies off limits to attackers and to call them out is a victory.  That the men who engage in the full spectrum of sexual harassment from the juvenile to the criminal are being brought to account is good.  That those called out have lost their right to a fair hearing and self-defense is not.

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