According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit that tracks hate crimes, more than 900 active hate groups exist across the U.S, from neo-Nazis to anti-government militias, targeting entire classes of people for their race, religion and sexuality. For more than 30 years, Emmy-winning journalist and Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris has reported on senseless acts of violence fueled by hatred. Now, in the new Investigation Discovery special, Hate in America, Harris pulls back the curtain on what drives modern-day hate and comes face to face with its victims.
Hate in America examines the racially charged murder of a black father in Jackson, Mississippi, who died after being beaten and run over; the gruesome mass shooting of an Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sikh congregation; and a brutal anti-gay attack on the streets of New York City. As Harris explores the motivations behind hate, he hears from advocates for change, including victims’ loved ones, community leaders, civil rights attorneys, and even a former white supremacist – who now crusades for unity among the races. In telling these tragic stories, Hate in America provides a hopeful look at signs of progress, and people fighting back for justice and equality.