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Annual Eugene Hate & Bias Report Shows Decrease In Incidents

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Hate and Bias incidents in Eugene fell 42 percent last year according to thelatest annual reportby the city. The report suggests there are several factors behind the decline.

2018 saw 81 incidents compared to 139 the year before. This could be because 2017 followed a contentious presidential campaign year. The report also points to stronger policing and community response against hate crimes. However, Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement analyst Fabio Andrade says there’s still concern over underreporting.

ANDRADE: “There are some national surveys that estimate that only maybe 20-40 percent of the cases are reported. We know that there are more cases happening because we hear stories throughout the community but we don’t get the reports."

Andrade says the city is working on increasing education and offering more support for Spanish speakers. In cases of noncriminal hate and bias incidents Latinos and Hispanics replaced African Americans as the most targeted group. In terms of hate crimes - which includes violence or the threat of violence- African Americans remain the most affected.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.