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Fighting Fear: Combating Hate Crimes, Violence, and Xenophobia in Modern America

While the national spike in hate crimes and other xenophobic acts has left many sounding the alarm, especially in the wake of several high-profile incidents involving the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, others simply see this spike as just the latest in an historic legacy of hate crimes in America.

This conversation examines several key questions facing our nation today: What is driving this latest wave of aggression? How have past events in American history laid the groundwork for increasing hate crimes along racial, ethnic, and religious lines? How can government agencies like law enforcement and the legislative branch work together on swift and effective solutions? And what role, if any, can Good Samaritans or the private sector play in facilitating the pursuit of understanding and peace between us?

Sponsored by:



  • Tom Kim, General Counsel, Thomson Reuters


  • Cynthia Deitle, FBI Special Agent in the Civil Rights Program (Ret.); Director of Associate General Counsel Civil Rights, Facebook
  • Paul Goldenberg, Chairman and President, Cardinal Point Strategies; Senior Fellow, Rutgers University Miller Center and Policy Advisor for Center on Policing
  • David Hong – Asian Community Liaison, Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, D.C.)
  • Yohuru Williams – Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas
  • Ted Gong, Executive Director, 1882 Foundation

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