Towns Take Action as Hate Speech Incidents Increase in Connecticut
A national and statewide surge in incidents of hate speech following the presidential election has still not tapered off a year later, prompting some Connecticut towns to explore how best to address incidents in their own communities.
The Anti-Defamation League, a watchdog group that tracks incidents of anti-Semitism, released a report last month that showed the number of these types of incidents in the state so far this year are more than double the “disturbing” number the group reported at this point last year.
“Unfortunately, they have not been calming down,” said Andy Friedland, assistant director of Connecticut’s Anti-Defamation League. “(It’s still) alarmingly high.”
The league receives reports of all types of hate speech incidents, but only tracks data for those that are anti-Semitic, he said.