November 14th, 2011
06:08 PM ET

Hate crime numbers steady, nearly half motivated by racial bias, FBI reports

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Department Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As New York authorities investigate what appears to be the nation's latest hate crime, the FBI's annual hate crime report, released Monday, shows no significant change in the level of crimes motivated by bias.

The FBI reports the number of U.S. hate crimes  - offenses as a result of bias toward race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, physical or mental disability - totaled 6,628 in calendar year 2010. That's slightly above the 6,604 total hate crimes reported during 2009.

The largest category of hate crimes involved race, accounting for nearly half of more than 6,000 incidents. Figures roughly reflected the nation's overall population, with 58% of known offenders classified as "white" and 18% listed as "black."

Statistics showed a total of 2,600 anti-black offenses, 679 anti-white and 681 anti-Hispanic.


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Engage: Herman Cain's wife speaks; Rise of China, end of Chinatown?
Gloria Cain, Herman Cain's wife, speaks publicly tonight about sexual harassment allegations against her husband.
November 14th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Engage: Herman Cain's wife speaks; Rise of China, end of Chinatown?

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported, untold stories from undercovered communities.

Can Herman Cain’s wife  defuse sexual harassment allegations?
Gloria Cain appears on Fox News Channel Monday night, when she'll defend her husband, saying he "totally respects women" - even as support from Republican women for Cain has dropped. Meanwhile,  Anita Hill avoids the inevitable comparison, noting only that charges of sexual misconduct are weigh differently now than when she raised them against Clarence Thomas 20 years ago.   - The Washington Post, CBS News, Time

Could the rise of China mean the end of America's Chinatown?
Bonnie Tsui, author of "American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods," argues that "the rise of China — and the slowing of immigrant flows — all but ensures the end of Chinatowns."  - The Atlantic


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November 14th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Does race matter in Silicon Valley?

Stephan Adams is the managing partner of ValenciaVentures, a venture capital firm focused on funding women- and minority-led tech startups. When pitching a business to venture capitalists, he said, he thinks about passion, confidence and money. What he doesn't think about? Race.

“Race does matter, but I think what is different about race here is that you can overcome race if you can show the VCs that you can make them money," he said. "If you can show a VC you can make money, race and gender go out the window.”

What do you think? Tell us in the comments: Do race, ethnicity and gender matter in Silicon Valley?

Soledad O'Brien reports "Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley," at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12 on CNN.