Group: hate against Hispanics rising

June 26, 1999
Hate crimes against Hispanics are on the rise, underscoring a troubling pattern of harassment against the nation's fastest-growing minority group by law enforcement and extremists, the National Council of La Raza said today.
    ``It seems that open season has been declared on our community,'' President Raul Yzaguirre said at the annual convention of the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights group. ``Private citizens and law enforcement officials feel they can harass or attack Hispanic Americans with almost complete impunity.''
    A report released by the group, ``The Mainstreaming of Hate,'' chronicles allegations of hate crime violence, church burning and law enforcement abuse. Although the authors rely heavily on anecdotal evidence, they say the study gives a first-of-its kind look at an emerging pattern of hate activity against Hispanics.