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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Anti-Defamation League : Combating Hate     http://www.adl.org/main_hate_crimes.asp
Very rich site which provides updated news on hate crimes and groups.  Database of graphic symbols associated with the crimes and extremist groups.  Archive of ADL press releases.  Suggestions for teaching children about the topic.  An overview of federal and state laws and statutes with a map linking to each state's laws and statutes, and ADL model legislation for crimes motivated by hate.

Civilrights.org : Hate Crimes     http://www.civilrights.org/issues/hate/index.html
Sponsored by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, site features updated news, and reports sponsored by the Conference on tolerance and hate crimes.

FBI - Civil Rights Program - Hate Crimes     http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/hate.htm
The FBI began tracking hate crimes with the passage of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990.  Site includes the federal definition classifying a crime as a hate crime, links to statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports on numbers of incidents, and information about FBI initiatives such as the FBI Task Force on Hate Crimes and training provided to community law enforcement agencies.

Simon Weisenthal Center     http://www.wiesenthal.com/taskforce/index.cfm
The Wiesenthal Center Task Force against Hate and Terrorism.  The Center documents hate groups and crimes on an international scope.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

CQ Researcher     http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
This database offers a wide array of articles from both a U.S. as well as global perspective.  Watch dates carefully as some of the articles are older.

Country Watch     http://www.countrywatch.com/IP
Search for "hate crimes" to see a current global perspective on this subject.

Issue & Controversies @ Facts.com     http://www.2facts.com
Search for 'hate-crimes' and you will find an excellent entry for 'hate-crime laws' that discusses history, laws, case studies and activist groups.

SIRS     http://sks.sirs.com
In this database, Hate Crimes is featured in the Leading Issues list and leads to many current entries for this subject, beginning with an overview that defines the topic.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Hate crimes (Library in a book)
Call number: Ref HV6773.52.S768 2003

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Hate crimes

Hate groups

Hate speech

Militia movements

White supremacy movements

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Assault on gay America : the life and death of Billy Jack
Call number: Video 000482
In the telling of the life and death of Billy Jack Gaither, explores the roots of homophobia in America and asks how these attitudes, beliefs and fears contribute to the recent rise in violence against gays

Hate across America (20th century with Mike Wallace)
Call number: Video 00115
Examines the modern history of hate crimes in America, going back to the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Traces the spread of hate crimes and groups beyond their traditional strongholds in the South and looks at the new face of hate: more polished, more seductive, disruptive and dangerous. Shows why such groups have turned away from attacking individuals to focus their attention on the federal government.

Not in our town
Call number: Video 000516
Documentary about the people of Billings, Montana who joined together to stand up for Native American, Afro-American and Jewish neighbors who were under attack by white supremacists. In response to a series of hate crimes, the community moved into action.

Not in our town. II : citizens respond to hate
Call number: Video 000517
A look at cities in the United States where people at a local level combat hate crimes and racism by building on the example of citizen action in Billings, Montana.

Skinheads USA : the pathology of hate : soldiers of the race war
Call number: Video 000420
A close-up look at white-supremacist skinhead hate groups active in the United States. Covers an actual neo-Nazi skinhead organization's day-to-day activities at its headquarters, white power rallies and recruitment drives, and visits a prison where four skinheads are jailed for the murder of a black man.

Researched and evaluated by:
C. Oldham, Librarian 9/2003
last update:  E. Ball, Librarian 11/2009

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