Incidents of apparent hate crimes and hate group activities listed here are drawn primarily from media sources. These incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually.
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Fliers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan inviting people to a rally were left in driveways.
Grand Haven, MI
Kenneth Schmidt, 56, was charged with ethnic intimidation for allegedly scrawling a racial slur on a wall at an apartment complex on May 8.
A 17-year-old boy was charged with suspicion of criminal threats after he allegedly called a Latino woman racist names and threatened to kill her.
A noose was found hanging from a tree at a local high school.
Myles Burton, 21, a former basketball player at Elmhurst College, was convicted of a felony hate crime for etching the letters `KKK` and racist remarks on the home of the school's only black dorm supervisor in November.
Grand Rapids, MI
Eric Pierson was sentenced to nine months in jail for using racial slurs and pulling a knife on a black man in Solon Township in December 2011.
Haddon Township, NJ
Racist graffiti was spray-painted on homes and cars in a historically black neighborhood.
Joseph Regalado, 21, and a teenage boy were arrested for allegedly making anti-gay remarks to an 18- year-old boy at a party and then stabbing him.
A lesbian couple's residence was set afire and graffiti was written inside.
Two gay men who were holding hands were beaten by two men, one of whom used anti-gay slurs.