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    ...the increase in sexual orientation-based hate crimes as a % of all hate crimes is due, in part, to not only victims' willingness to report hate crimes to the police but also for the police to tally the crimes as hate crimes (as I said in the diary).  In general, the press has nothing directly to do with whether or not the police classify a hate crime as a hate crime (although in some cases activists have placed pressure on the police and when the press has covered these situations, it does help the crimes to be properly classified).  In other words, I don't think that the press in Hawaii is doing anything wrong as an explanation for why Hawaii has never reported any hate crime data to the FBI.   However, I think it is incorrect to conclude that "willingness to report" is the only factor in the figures I have laid out in the diary.  It's counterintuitive to think that when there has been an increase in anti-gay hate groups (which is accompanied by an increase in anti-LGBT rhetoric from the hate mongers) it would have no impact on people's behavior.  As is reported in the report "Got Out The Hate Vote?" at, even the presence of a hate group in a community seems to affect how the people in that community vote.  As we've seen with the murder of Ambassador Stevens, hateful rhetoric (in the form of an Islamophobic film) is sometimes translated into violence.

    Failure to Publicize Acts of Hatred Only Allows Them to Fester and Metastasize.

    by BoxerDave on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:00:13 AM PDT

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