Conn. (WTNH) – Following the national trend, hate crimes have increased in Connecticut. According to the FBI, the 2020 hate crime statistics represented 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 teamed up with some very recognizable names and faces in a national campaign against hate crimes.
Actor / director Michael Jain White and former UConn basketball star and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell are among the participants.
“People see me as an athlete, always in sports,” said Burrell. “I have another side of myself. Social justice, being a good person and giving something back to society is one thing I love to do. “
Also there are Vin Baker, the former NBA All-Star from Old Saybrook, who played at the University of Hartford, the former Knicks-Star Allan Houston and the responsible FBI special agent David Sundberg.
Charles Grady is a public affairs specialist with the FBI and was a key player in putting the PSA together.
There’s a good reason he uses familiar faces. “People listen to the news and pick up news from a variety of sources,” Grady said. “So if you can identify a source of news that people are referring to or related to, this is always the best way to go.
Again, people like Hamden native Burrell: “Doing this job for the FBI and trying to stop hate and raise awareness of hate is important to me because of course I want my children to grow up in a better world and have a better one. “Life.”