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Orange County releases 2018 Hate Crimes Report

On September 26, 2019, the public is invited to participate in the release of the County of Orange 2018 Hate Crimes Report. The report will also be available online upon release at www.occommunityservices.org/oc_human_relations_commission.

To increase awareness, strengthen hate crime prevention programming, and promote a bias-free community, the County produces and publishes an annual hate crimes report.

The 2018 report reflects an increase in hate crimes from 2017 in Orange County, with the most frequent victims being people of the Jewish faith, and Latino and Middle Eastern communities. The report also cites the recent Blaze Bernstein case, a 19-year-old who fell victim to a hate crime in Orange County last year.

“The time is now. Together, we can oust fear and bigotry tied to this hate, and, instead, promote acceptance and embrace what makes each one of us different,” said Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District Supervisor. “The County will continue to invest in the necessary resources to prevent these hate crimes and incidents from occurring.”

The County of Orange would like to thank the Orange County Human Relations Council, which is contracted by the County to work closely with law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, diverse faith leaders, and community members to respond and track hate crimes and incidents on behalf of the County. The County would also like to thank the Orange County Human Relations Commission who are volunteer members of the public appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to seek out the causes of tension and conflict; discrimination and intolerance based on race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or marital status; and attempt to eliminate those causes.

To learn more about services provided by the County through the Human Relations Council and the Commission, please visit www.occommunityservices.org.

Report Release Information:

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: Los Olivos Community Center, 101 Alfonso, Irvine, CA 92618
Speakers: Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein, parents of hate crime victim Blaze Bernstein; Ebrahim Baytieth, Orange County District Attorney Office

This article was released by the County of Orange.

4 Comments

  1. Orange County Human Relations Council/Commission CEO, Alison, says 67 hate crimes REPORTED in Orange County in 2017 causing a 37% increase in hate crimes from previous years. California’s Department of Justice’s report revealed hate crimes decreased by 2.5% for 2017. Out of the 67 hate crimes REPORTED, only three met legal criteria as hate crimes which explains the gross discrepancy between Orange County Human Relations Council/Commission report and California’s Department of Justice Report for the same year, 2017. The author, Mark Twain, said over a hundred years ago there are lies, damn lies and statistics, and from the numeral 3 Alison extrapolates 37% increase in hate crimes. Alison’s Orange County Human Relations Council/Commision hates to admit the fact that out of Orange County’s population of approximately three million people only three hate crimes occurred in 2017. The remaining 64 hate crimes she reported to,the public were incidents of rudeness and mainly juveniles committing vandalism, and this is sold to the public by Alison’s tax dollar funded commission as crimes against humanity. The real crime is Orange County Human Relations Council/Commission instilling divisive fear in people to convince the Orange County Board of Supervisors to continue funding Alison and her employees’ salaries.

  2. Hate crimes increase by 37% in 2017, yet only three hate crimes occurred during this time in Orange County. Orange County Human Relations Commission’ s CEO, Alison, says 67 hate crimes REPORTED in her county in 2017. Out of this 67 only three met the legal criteria of hate crime, the remaining 64 were incidents of rude behavior and mainly juveniles committing vandalism. California’s Department of Justice found a 2.5 % decrease in hate crimes for 2017. The author, Mark Twain, over a hundred years ago wisely said there are lies, damn lies and statistics, and his words strongly resound in Orange County Human Relations Council/Commission 2017 Hate Crime Report. Orange County’s population approximately three million and out of this number only three hate crimes occurred in 2017, and Alison extrapolate 37% from the numeral 3. It is this fact that the Orange County Human Relations Council/Commission hates to admit because it proves the people of Orange County are not haters but good people. So what is the purpose of this commission/council except to lie to,the public, so to convince the Orange County Board of Supervisors to continue using tax dollars to fund their salaries?

  3. What about the hate crimes at Pacifica High School no one is addressing?

    1. What about the crime of public servants using the aura of authority to instill divisive fear in people by arbitrarily baiting one group against another to justify their jobs?

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