Hate Crime in the Media

Hate crime can range from name calling, bullying, to physical assault. The crime takes place because of someone’s identity: ‘who they are not because of anything they have done’.

This page includes examples of hate crimes reported in the media, locally, nationally, and internationally. From Matlock Derbyshire to South Carolina U.S.

Disability Hate Crime. Leicestershire. UK.
“An inquest has found that a woman killed herself and her severely disabled daughter due to the stress and anxiety regarding her daughter’s future, and ongoing anti-social behaviour. The bodies of Fiona Pilkington and Francecca Hardwick were found in a lay-by in 2007. The family had suffered years of abuse… “This should be the watershed moment for disability hate crime, when the government and the police treat all disability hate crime as seriously as racist hate crime”.

Gender Identity/Transgender Hate Crime. US.
“About 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the store, where Coria had allegedly made derogatory comments toward the 45-year-old transgender shopper regarding her sexual orientation. A fight ensued after Coria reportedly spat at the victim. The fight left her with cuts on her legs and a swollen thumb.”

Race/Ethnic Origin Hate Crime. South Carolina. US.
“The 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted on… on 33 hate crime charges, including murder and attempted murder, stemming from what was described as a months-long plot to kill African Americans at worship in a black church.”

Religion or Belief Hate Crime. Derbyshire. UK.
“Police investigating an attempt to pull off a woman’s hijab on a train have released images of a man they want to speak to. Officers from the British Transport Police said the man also shouted abuse at the passenger travelling between Matlock and Derby on Saturday. The news follows on from reports of a sharp increase in the number of people experiencing racial or religiously aggravated hate crimes on public transport. Research has shown that veiled Muslim women are more likely to be victims of religious hate crime due to visible religious symbols, such as the hijab or niqab.”

Sexual Orientation Hate Crime. Michigan. US.
“Nine days after her same-sex wedding, a 28-year-old Michigan woman was set upon on her way home from work, knocked unconscious by three men who kicked and punched her while shouting anti-gay epithets. “Hey b—-, aren’t you that f—– from the news?”