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San Diego Struggling With Racism As Hate Crimes Rose in 2021

J. Maginot

America's Finest City is Stepping Up Efforts to Enforce Hate Crimes Statutes as the City Sees an Uptick in Hate.

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A Painted U-Haul Drives Through the Hillcrest Neighborhood in San Diego.u/SDSurfrider

San Diego is seeing a verifiable rise in hate.

Following the recent resignation of a Coronado City official, social media has lit up with reports of casual racism throughout the county. Last week, a U-Haul moving truck adorned with racist and extremist religious slogans drove freely around uptown neighborhoods.

County resident, Jason Robos, has been spotted speaking at another County Board of Supervisors meeting after making the national news in November 2021 for using racial epithets in public comments.

San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephens said her office received 300 race related complaints in 2021 and prosecuted 30 official hate crimes cases.

On March 4, her office announced that they were prosecuting Roger Stefan Witthoeft, Jr. on hate crimes charges stemming from an incident last September where Mr. Witthoeft allegedly verbally assaulted a traffic controller. You may know Roger Stefan Witthoeft, Jr. as the brother of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police on January 6, 2021, while trying to enter the Capitol Building.

This follows a State and Nationwide trend.

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A Breakdown of Hate Crime Motivation Across California.United States Department of Justice

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 2020 saw a 32% jump in hate based crimes in California. The vast majority of those revolving around race. California is home to the largest number of hate groups according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which counts more than 72 identifiable groups.

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Number of Hate Groups by State in 2020.Southern Poverty Law Center

California State University San Bernadino conducted a recent study and found that across the nation's largest cities, there was a 46% increase in hate crimes.

Cities, including San Diego, have made it easier to report suspected incidents of hate in recent months and are vocally committed to rooting out such crimes.

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