To the Editor:
Re “Hate Crimes at Highest Since 2008, F.B.I. Reports” (information article, Nov. 17):
For almost three a long time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s reporting on hate crimes statistics has persistently offered probably the most complete snapshot out there of bias-motivated legal exercise in the US. Nonetheless, it stays clear that the company’s yearly statistics understate the true variety of hate crimes dedicated in our nation.
Underreporting is attributable to quite a few components, together with a scarcity of political management, insufficient coaching and a failure by some companies to prioritize monitoring and to comprehensively establish and document hate crimes.
It’s exhausting to repair an issue with out quantifiable knowledge. At a time of rising hate in the US, Congress should act swiftly on the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault and Threats to Equality Act of 2019 (“No Hate” Act), a invoice named for 2 current victims of hate crimes.
The laws would considerably improve the accuracy of the F.B.I. statistics by authorizing new funding and help for state and native governments to encourage extra strong reporting. With one of the best knowledge in hand we are able to work to establish and counter the sources of hate crimes and supply higher help to victims.
The author, vp for legislation enforcement and evaluation on the Anti-Defamation League, is a former particular agent in command of the Newark discipline workplace of the F.B.I.
Plea to the Media: Ignore Trump After Jan. 20
To the Editor:
Now that the presidential election is a victory for the Democrats, my ideas shift to how the press will deal with Donald Trump, ex-president. As an exhausted citizen, I implore you to not give any oxygen to the headline-baiting roars of a wounded, irrelevant politician. There will likely be no well mannered retreat from Mr. Trump, no probability for Joe Biden to start his presidency in peace, ought to the media proceed to chase Mr. Trump’s each dishonest, outrageous utterance.
I maintain the press considerably accountable for its wall-to-wall protection of this vivid, shiny charlatan 5 years in the past. Now that his presidency appears to be completed, please depart him alone after Jan. 20. That is his very worst worry.
Allison Ijams Sargent