Nassau County Introduces Legislation To Target Hate Crimes

Nassau County Introduces Legislation To Target Hate Crimes

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THE ABUSE TO HAPPEN. GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNED THE CHILD VICTIMS ACT INTO LAW IN FEBRUARY. LAWMAKERS IN NASSAU COUNTY ARE TARGETING AN UPTICK IN HATE CRIMES. THEY ARE UNVEILING NEW LEGISLATION TO TEACH THE MEAN OF HATE SYMBOLS. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF REPORTS FROM ROCKVILLE CENTRE WITH MORE. Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON, MARY AND CHRIS. IT HAS BEEN A RATHER BAD YEAR IN NEW YORK AND ON LONG ISLAND FOR HATE CRIMES. THIS YEAR ALONE, IN NASSAU COUNTY WE HAVE SEEN ABOUT 44 INCIDENTS COMPARED TO 20 LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME. SO LEGISLATORS THIS MORNING AND OFFICIALS SAID THEY THINK WE NEED TO DO A LOT BETTER TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE MEANING OF HATE SYMBOLS. JUST LAST WEEK, SEVEN SWASTIKASES WERE DRAWN ON A PAVILION IN OYSTER BAY PARK AND WE HAVE SEEN NOOSES USED IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND. SURPRISINGLY, THERE’S NOTHING IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN NEW YORK THAT SPECIFICALLY REQUIRES TEACHERS TO TEACH THE MEANING OF THESE SYMBOLS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY SHORTHAND FOR RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM. SO NOW THERE’S A PUSH TO CHANGE THAT. A BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE THAT WILL REQUIRE THAT TEACHERS DISCUSS AND TEACH THE MEANING AND HISTORY OF THE SYMBOLS BEGINNING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AS WELL. A LOT OF THE YOUNG OFFENDERS THAT WE DEAL WITH IN THE D.A.’S OFFICE WHEN WE ASK THEM WHY IT IS THEY PAINTED THAT OR DREW THAT AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM, THEY OFTEN CAN’T EVEN TELL US WHAT IT MEANS. THEY DON’T KNOW. AND THAT’S WHAT REALLY PROMPTED THIS, BECAUSE IF WE CAN EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE PERNICIOUS NATURE OF THESE SYMBOLS, THEN I’M CONFIDENT THAT THOSE HATE SYMBOLS AND THOSE ACTS WILL DECREASE. LAWMAKERS GATHERED THIS MORNING WITH LEADERS FROM THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE AND THE NAACP CALLING FOR THIS TO BE A CHANGE IN THE STATE CURRICULUM. THEY SAY THAT WE HAVE A CRISIS ON OUR HANDS, THAT IT’S BETTER TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE THE MEANING OF THESE THINGS BEFORE THESE INCIDENTS HAPPEN RATHER THAN AN INTERVENTION AFTERWARDS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE

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