School of Public Health

Hate crimes disproportionately affect blacks, minorities

UW Medicine
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hispanic and black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared with non-Hispanic whites, according to a new study from the University of Washington. “The society we live in has a bias that disenfranchises minorities and people of color,” said Robert Tessler, who led this study as a master’s student in epidemiology. “This study provides some objective data supporting that claim.” Contributing UW authors of the study were Frederick Rivara, professor of pediatrics; Monica Vavilala, professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics, and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, professor of epidemiology.