December 8th, 2022
Yesterday, December 7th, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released its 2021 Hate Crime Report, noting that the number of reported hate crimes rose from 641 to 786, the highest since 2002. The most targeted group in 2021 hate crimes were the Black community; the other most targeted groups included the LGBTQ, Mexican, and Jewish communities. Earlier in the year, the Anti-Defamation League had seen antisemitic attacks reach an all-time high in the country. This news comes at a time where Kanye West is making antisemitic remarks and Twitter sees an increase in antisemitic posts following Elon’s Musk purchase of the platform. So we begin the conversation there.
Today, December 8th on AirTalk, we discuss these recent crime statistics with Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations executive director Robin Toma and Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernardino. We also discuss the increase of antisemitic attacks with ADL-LA regional director Jeffrey Abrams, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the LA Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.