Hate and Bias Report
City of Eugene Issues 2016 Hate and Bias Report
Each year, the City tracks both criminal and non-criminal hate and bias behavior and issues a report. This is the fourth year the comprehensive report has been released. The City of Eugene, in alignment with the City Council Goal of creating a Safe Community, is committed to working with community partners to reach the vision of creating a community where every person regardless of their identity is safe, valued and welcome. This year, the City is joined by the Eugene/Springfield National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Blacks In Government (BIG), Trans*Ponder, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Grupo Latino Acción Directa of Lane County (GLAD), Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), the Jewish Federation, Centro Latino Americano, Oregon Strong Voice of Lane County, Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Team (APICAT) and Showing Up for Racial Justice Springfield-Eugene (SURJ) to release this report. These organizations and many others in our community work each day to build a community that is welcoming and supportive of all people and to respond to incidents of hate and bias.
In 2016, there were 82 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents reported to the City through the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement and Eugene Police Department. By comparison, 59 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents were reported in 2015. The small data set precludes drawing strong conclusions, however the results indicate race continues to be the leading motivating factor for reported hate and bias activity in 2016. African Americans in Eugene continue to be dramatically over represented in experiencing hate and bias crimes. Of the 44 reported hate crimes, 16 were committed against African Americans. In addition, EPD data cites that crimes related to religion increased.
Hate and bias activity was reported throughout Eugene, with almost every neighborhood impacted by at least one incident. It is probable that the incidents reported in Eugene represent only a small percentage of the actual activity occurring. According to the Department of Justice’s most recent Hate Crime Victimization Report it was estimated nationally that only between 25-42% of hate crimes were reported to police.
“In these challenging times it is necessary for every person in our community to stand up against forces of prejudice, hate and discrimination. We all have a role to play by speaking up, paying attention and reporting these incidents. When we act together we can create a safe and inclusive community.”
Margot Helphand, Jewish Federation of Lane County
To report crimes: if it is an emergency, dial 911; if it is not an emergency, call 541-682-5111. To report non-criminal activity, call the City Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement office at 541-682-5177.