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Appalled at Louisville Mandir Vandalism

Friday, February 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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We are appalled at the desecration of a Hindu Templein Louisville, KY, earlier this week. The vandalism there was a malicious and hateful act and is being treated with the proper gravity by the local authorities. However, the vandals, when caught, will not face a hate-crimes charge because Kentucky law does not cover crimes such as this one. We encourage lawmakers in Kentucky, and other states with such glaring holes, to close those gaps to support the minority populations that are the victims of hate crimes. 


The need for local, state and federal hate crime legislation has never been clearer. Based on FBI statistics, reported incidents of hate crimes increased by about 17% last year compared to 2016. The overwhelming majority of the incidents reported were "single-bias" hate-crime. Of those, 60% of the offenses were motivated by hatred over race, ethnicity or ancestry, and 21% over religion. Additionally, the majority of hate crimes remain unreported as local law enforcement is not required to submit their statistics to the FBI. 


The South Asian community continues to be a target for hate crimes. As such, SABA continues to advocate for consistent and comprehensive hate crime legislation at all levels of government.