National Institute on Aging

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

New data froDept_of_Education_Logom the U.S. Department of Education shows that in 2013, 7.8 percent of Black students ages 12 to 18 reported that they were targeted with hate speech during the school year. For Whites, 5.3 percent said they were the target of hate speech.

The good news is that the percentage of students who were targets of hate speech was down significantly. A year earlier in 2012, 10.7 percent of Black students said they were subjected to hate speech. In 2005, the percentage was 15.1 percent.

In 2013, 26.3 percent of Black students ages 12 to 18 said they saw hate-related graffiti at school. But here too, hate-related graffiti appears to be on the decline. In 2005, 38 percent of Black students said they saw hate-related graffiti at their school.

The full report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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  1. Clara Fitzpatrick says:

    While overt “hate speech” may be on the decline, the micro-aggressions by teachers and schools may be on the increase

  2. Michael says:

    The US Department of Education (or Miseducation) is the last place to be viewed as intellectually honest and critical analysis on what is taking place within the boundaries of American public schools (i.e., inner city, suburbs, exburbs, and rural). This flawed and deceptive study reveals how misleading and ignorant the researchers from the USDOE for their failure to analyze or even mention the incidence rate and intensity of “soft racism” ( i.e., implicit racism or racial micro-aggression) in American public schools. I wonder why!

    If the lions share of USDOE research analysts are White male or females, it’s not too surprising with these findings. Further, when the titular head of the USDOE (Arne Duncan who hails from corporate America along with his BA degree) is not even qualified to hold this position, one should not be too shocked in any of their studies.

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