‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes, researchers say

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Published Date10/31/2018
Media SourceThe Washington Post
DepartmentSociology
Faculty MemberAshley Reichelmann
External Link‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes, researchers say
summaryExcerpt: “In recent decades, however, a collision of social forces appears to have reshuffled the balance of hate crimes in America, according to research by Levin and others.

“The shift began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which ‘changed everything,’ Levin said. The prevalence of defensive hate attacks connected to threatening events began to increase, Levin noted in a 2015 study he co-authored with Ashley Reichelmann, a professor at Virginia Tech, that was published in American Behavioral Scientist.

“Using FBI data in that study, the authors found that the number of crimes targeting Muslims and Arabs quickly skyrocketed, from 28 hate crimes in 2000 to 481 in 2001.

“The same happened when Massachusetts became the first state in 2004 to allow gay marriage, the study said, showing the number of hate-motivated assaults against gay people rising from two in 2002 to 24 in 2004.”