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  • Hate in America

    Hate in America,” an investigation examining intolerance, racism and hate crimes, is the 2018 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates. Journalism students from 19 universities traveled to 36 states, conducted hundreds of interviews, and reviewed thousands of pages of federal-court documents, FBI data and state and federal statutes.
  • 48 Hours: In the Name of Hate

    The parents of Blaze Bernstein, a brilliant Ivy League student allegedly murdered because he was gay and Jewish, talk with 48 HOURS in their first prime-time interview about the loss of their son, the neo-Nazi hate group that may have fueled anger in his alleged killer, and what they’re doing to move forward. Tracy Smith sits down with Bernstein’s parents for “In The Name of Hate”
  • Mission Investigate: The Swedish Nazis

    In December 2013 36-year-old Fidel Ugo from Nigeria got stabbed in a Stockholm suburb by a group of Nazis, and he almost blead to death. The police investigation into the knife attack was soon discontinued and no one was charged for this obvious hate crime. When the reporters of SVT's current affairs magazine Mission Investigate starts scrutinizing the case they soon identify the perpetrators as members of a nazi organisation called The Swedish Resistance Movement (SMR). The reportage has been called the most important in Mission Investigate's history and gained enormous attention when aired in Sweden in April 2014. The police was heavily criticized for its shoddy investigation, but after the reportage was broadcast the case was reopened again. Three members of SMR are now suspected of attempted murder and they face up to 8 years in prison.
  • Columbia's Knotty Noose Problem

    A noose was left on the door to Madonna Constantine's office. Constantine was a black professor and a well-known expert on race issues in the classroom. But after this bizarre incident, rumors began to surface that she consistently cut corners by plagiarizing the work of students and colleagues. This investigation follows the rise and fall of Madonna Constantine, as the university at first turned a deaf ear to the rumors of her plagiarism.
  • Mississippi Cold Case

    "The process of making the documentary, "Mississippi Cold Case" solved an intractable civil rights era hate crime and helped put a Ku Klux Klansman behind bars for life. The film tells the step-by-step story of how victim's family member Thomas Moore and documentary filmmaker David Ridgen reignite interest in Charles Moore and Henry Dee case..."
  • The Lockheed Martin Shooting

    The murder of six employees at Lockheed Martin's aircraft assembly plant in Meridian, Mississippi, was characterized by the county sheriff and Lockheed spokespeople as a typical act of tragic workplace violence. A Primetime Live investigation revealed the racial motivation of the crime and found that Lockheed Martin had known about the murderer's history of making racial threats in the workplace. The investigation also revealed that Lockheed Martin plants across the country had numerous incidents of racially charged threats and hate speech at work among employees. Court records of the Mississippi murders were sealed, but Dateline interviewed plant employees in order to reconstruct the crime.
  • Breaking Down Hate Crime

    McGinty used a hate crimes database obtained from the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force to analyze trends over time. She analyzed anti-ethnic crimes, hate crimes by type, hate crimes by location and by frequency to develop a comprehensive guide to hate crimes in New York. For instance, she found that Jews are the targets of most NYC hate crimes, and that most hat crimes occur in Brooklyn. She also found that incidence of hate crimes is down.
  • The Matthew Shepard Story

    This ABC 20/20 documentary is a re-examination of the circumstances surrounding the 1998 murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The investigation revealed that the motive behind this high-profile homicide was more complicated than the anti-gay motive originally imagined. For example, the investigation found methamphetamine use by the perpetrator, Aaron McKinney, played a role in the crime, sources who say the killer and victim were not strangers, and sources who claim that Aaron McKinney was bisexual and not uncomfortable around gay people.
  • Disposable People

    This article chronicles a series of murders of transgendered women in Washington D.C., and investigates the national problem of hate crimes against the transgender community. Through interviews with family members, friends, activists, local police and hate-crime experts, the story explores the causes and consequences of anti-transgender hatred. Finally, the Reporter finds that 14 transgendered women were murdered in possible hate crimes in 2002 and 13 in the first nine months of 2003.
  • "Prelude to a Death"

    Marie Elise West, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, struggled with hospitalization and control of her medication. Her husband and parents sought to oversee her manic episodes, during which she could become violent and irrational. California law under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act stated that mentally ill people could not be held against their will unless they are presenting a danger to themselves or others or are severely disabled. West's husband knew she had the potential to cause harm during her manic episodes, but the authorities would not hold her before the trauma occurred. This story was written about West, her condition and the California law -- after West killed a man with her car. Not understanding her condition, authorities tried to charge her with a hate crime.