Schools and colleges were the third largest venue for hate crimes
Concentrations of young people are more crime-prone than other segments of the population.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Anti-Latino Hate Crime Up for Fourth Year
Intelligence Report Winter 2008
Some excerpts :
Hate crimes targeting Latinos increased again in 2007, capping a 40% rise in the four years since 2003, according to FBI statistics released this fall.
As anti-immigrant propaganda has increased on both the margins and in the mainstream of society — where pundits and politicians have routinely vilified undocumented Latino immigrants with a series of defamatory falsehoods — hate violence has risen against perceived "illegal aliens." Each year since 2003, the number of FBI-reported anti-Latino hate crime incidents has risen, even as a swelling nativist movement has become larger and more vitriolic.
The FBI's latest report also found, as it has in most years, that schools and colleges were the third largest venue for hate crimes (with 11.3% of the total reported on campuses), after "in or near residences or homes" (30.5%) and "on highways, roads, alleys, or streets" (18.9%). Although many think of campuses as being bastions of open-mindedness, in fact they suffer the same pathologies as the rest of society. They also hold concentrations of young people, who are more crime-prone than other segments of the population.