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Heidi Beirich writes from the Southern Poverty Law Center
Re: James Fulford's Blog item Congratulations To The SPLC
We have written about the topic you congratulate us for in depth. I'm attaching a story from our Fall 2005 Intelligence Report on black on white hate crimes. We follow the data, though you accuse us of being political. [ Hues of Hate | Hate is an equal opportunity employer, By Susy Buchanan]
Just FYI, you may want to look at last year's study by Caroline Wolf Harlow published by the NIJ [ PDF]. It shows that the FBI hate crime data is grossly undercounted, something we have argued for several years.
Heidi Beirich, Ph.D.
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
[James Fulford writes: It's good to see that all kinds of hate crimes are being investigated—a crime is a crime—but on the ideology front I'd like to see rap music investigated with the same enthusiasm as our web page, since it's a multi-billion dollar hate industry, and we're hurting for funds .]