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Charlotte Talks: Combating The Rise In Hate Crimes

Rev. Chris Ayers of Wedgewood Church addressed the crowd at Monday's vigil.
David Boraks

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Charlotte ranks near the top in the nation for the number of active hate groups.  Crimes against American Muslims are at their highest levels since 9-11.  Recently, a local church was defaced with anti LGBTQ slurs. Mike sits down with community members who are working to bring unity to Charlotte.

Crimes committed against American Muslims are at their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11 the attacks. Hate crimes in general are on the rise all over the United States. The end of 2017 marked the second straight year to see an increase. 

Three years ago this month saw the shooting deaths of three members of Chapel Hill’s Muslim community, by the hands of a neighbor who expressed animosity towards Islam and other religions.

Charlotte's Wedgewood Church saw its seventh instance of  hate related  vandalism over the last three years.

We look at what’s behind this troubling trend, examine possible solutions and hear from some local people working to bring acceptance and harmony to Charlotte. 


Shane Windmeyer, founder and director, CampusPride

Ryan Lenz, senior writer, the Southern Poverty Law Center

Mujtaba Mohammed, attorney in Charlotte