NYC tackles discrimination after hate crimes spike

Published: December 21, 2016


NEW YORK CITY: New York City launched a campaign against discrimination and harassment Tuesday after a 30 percent rise this year in hate crimes and other forms of intolerance.

It features ads in English and Spanish in subway stations, social media and newspapers.

The initiative also boasts a hotline for people to report this kind of offenses and will create a team to monitor them and help victims.

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“New York City will not stand for discrimination or harassment of any kind,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“NYC has been and always will be a welcoming city for all, regardless of who you are or what you believe and we intend to keep it that way.”

De Blasio, a Democrat who will seek re-election in 2017, has pledged to protect undocumented foreigners from President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to deport them.

Hate crimes shot up in 2016 mainly against Muslims, Jews, blacks, Latinos, Asians and the LGBT community, according to New York City police.

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“Following the election, vulnerable communities continue to reach out to the City to report incidents of discrimination and bias,” the mayor said in a statement.

It took pains to not say that this behavior had risen since Trump won election after a campaign in which he attacked Mexicans and Muslims in particular.

One in three people in New York City were born outside the US, city hall statistics show.

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