Connecticut (WTNH) – Following the national trend, hate crimes are on the rise in Connecticut. According to the FBI, hate crime statistics for 2020 were the highest number of hate crimes since 2008.
In Connecticut, 41% of reported hate crimes were against black people. Asians have also been targeted.
Now the FBI has partnered with some very recognizable names and faces in a nationwide campaign against hate crimes.
Among the contestants are actor / director Michael Jain White, and former UConn basketball star and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell.
“People see me as an athlete, always involved in sport,” Burrell said. “I have another side of me. Social justice, being a good person and giving back to society is something that I love to do.
Also in attendance are Vin Baker, former NBA All-Star from Old Saybrook who played at the University of Hartford, former Knicks star Allan Houston and FBI Special Agent David Sundberg.
Charles Grady is a public affairs specialist for the FBI and was a key member of the PSA establishment.
There’s a good reason he used familiar faces. “People hear messages and receive messages from different sources,” Grady explained. “And so, if you can identify a source of posts that people identify with or have some sort of connection to, that’s still the best way to go about it.
Again, people like Burrell from Hamden: “Doing this track for the FBI, and trying to stop the hate, and raising awareness of hate is important to me because obviously I want my kids to grow up in it. a better world and have a better life. “