The Federal Bureau Investigation defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
The most recent FBI Hate Crime Statistics report reveals that in 2015, San Antonio had the state's highest number of reported hate crimes that were motivated by religious bias (8). According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 84 active hate groups in Texas – more any other state in the U.S.
- Mark Potok, senior fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project
- Sarwat Husain, board president from American Islamic Relations - San Antonio
- John Wright, reporter for the Texas Observer's "Hate Watch"
- Denise Hernandez, founder of Maestranza and presenter of Spring 2016 TEDxSanAntonio talk, “Unpacking and Transforming Your Biases For a Better Community”