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Documenting Hate, 2021: From the Capitol Riot to Anti-Asian Violence

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Today, concerns about hate crimes and organized hate groups remain high. From the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — which had ties to far-right extremist groups, as examined in a documentary just out from ProPublica and PBS Frontline — to the surge of hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, recent events have laid bare the need to better track hate through data collection and analysis, social media newsgathering and ambitious investigative storytelling.

Join ProPublica for this live digital event on the rise of hate in 2021. With a focus on California, which has seen the most arrests from the Capitol riot, along with a high increase of anti-Asian violence this past year, experts will explore new waves of white supremacist groups and anti-Asian hate, interracial tensions beyond the Black-white racial binary, and the work they’re doing to examine, track and address these issues. We will also expand the discussion to the broader narratives of hate across the country.

Last year, ProPublica concluded a three-year project called Documenting Hate, which addressed one of the most urgent and least understood corners of America’s criminal justice system: hate crimes. The project brought clarity to what hate crimes are; who perpetrates them and who is victimized by them; as well as why they are so poorly understood, investigated and prosecuted.


  • Damon T. Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • Aarti Kohli, executive director of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

  • Marshall Wong, senior intergroup relations specialist for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations

  • A.C. Thompson, ProPublica reporter and PBS Frontline’s correspondent for “American Insurrection” (moderator)

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