It’s easy to think that hate crimes and hate incidents are far removed from our corner of the United States, but Orange County has seen a rise in crimes motivated by bias. The Know Hate campaign exists to educate people about what hate is, who is affected, why they’re targeted and how to stop hate in its tracks. We invited four students to share the real stories of individuals who were targeted because of their race, religion, national origin and sexual orientation. For privacy purposes, the names in the stories have been changed. Scroll down to read more.

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TO KNOW IS TO UNDERSTAND. TO UNDERSTAND IS TO CHANGE. TO CHANGE IS TO CREATE A #HATEFREEOC.

Meet Destiny

After hearing Jordan’s story, we asked Destiny to consider what the word “hate” really means. Jordan is an African-American teen in Orange County who was the target of a hate crime: his home was vandalized with symbolism to intimidate him. Destiny was shocked to learn that boys her own age would treat someone like this. And she’s not standing for it. Instead, she is standing against hate. Will you stand with us?

Meet-Destiny

Meet Raj

We invited Raj to tell us about Marie, a Latina student who was the target of hate speech because of her ethnicity. Shortly after the 2016 election, a student taunted Marie, telling her, “Go home to your own country.” Orange County is Marie’s home—it’s home to all of us. Raj is taking a stand against hate on behalf of Marie. Will you join?

Meet-Raj

Meet Carla

Have you ever posted something you wouldn’t say in real life? We asked Carla to share her thoughts after learning about Camille: a Muslim student who was targeted for her religion. Another student tagged a photo of Camille as a “terrorist.” Camille said this type of behavior has become “the norm.” Carla wants Camille to know that it’s not OK, and that she stands with her against hate. Will you?

Meet-Carla

Meet Abraham

When was the last time you were asked about your sexual orientation while shopping? We invited Abraham to tell the story of Denice and Tara, a couple who was assaulted at a grocery store—all because they were lesbian. Abraham was shocked to hear this kind of hate crime would take place in Orange County…but it’s not an isolated incident. Abraham is taking a stand against hate. Join us in creating a #HateFreeOC.

Meet-Abraham

WHAT

We believe everyone should live free of violence and discrimination, but sadly, not everyone agrees. Watching hate activity escalate around us, we decided to do something about it. #HateFreeOC is an education and awareness campaign created by OC Human Relations to promote the importance of diversity and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination. In order to make a change, we recognize that education is the first step: we must first know what it looks like, understand who it impacts, and then change things for the better. Together, we can create an inclusive place for all of us to live, go to school, work and play.

WHO

A Hate Crime is a crime that is motivated by bias and may target a person based on their actual or perceived race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Since the end of last year, we have seen a rise in hate incidents in the United States, especially against Mexicans, Muslims, immigrants and women. As some people feel like it’s acceptable to act on their prejudices, we’ve seen a spike in local hate crimes and hate incidents here in Orange County. These include acts of violence against young Muslim women, criminal threats against Latino and Jewish teens, and graffiti harassing LGBTQ and African-American neighbors.

WHY

When hate activity occurs, it’s not an act against one person, but a message that no one from that community is welcome. When a Latina teen is told to “go home,” all Latinos are meant to feel like they don’t belong in Orange County. If one Jewish school is tagged with swastikas, all people of the Jewish faith are being told they’re under threat. When diversity is not respected, no one is safe from discrimination or hate.

HOW

Join the cause and show your support on social media. First, take a selfie with a mini Polaroid instant photo (a smart phone device works great as well). Next, have a friend take a photo of you holding your photo, showing that you are taking a stand. Lastly, post on your social media and tell us why you are joining this cause. Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #HateFreeOC

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HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA? OC HUMAN RELATIONS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. CALL OUR CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE 714-480-6570 OR