The war against hate crimes has gained new urgency in the past few years, and Florida is a major battleground.

The most recent statistics released by the state’s attorney general show that Florida had a 36 percent increase in hate crimes from the prior year. In South Florida alone, there were 76.

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Hate crimes are particularly destructive, because violence and instilling fear in the target simply because of who they are, are the goals.

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We focus on the problem and what is being done to combat it.

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