This is a public lecture that examines the origins of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990. It examines several widely publicized cases that have not yet found their historian---I am here to correct that. This is a serious, difficult, and demoralizing subject, and yet we get a chance to correct the past. Someone is made safer and someone who passed is made whole.
In the 1980s, advocates and governments noticed an increase in violent crimes based on religion, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This talk examines key cases of bias assaults and both the civic, local organizational response and that of state and federal government. The result was the important Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990.