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Series: Hate In Wisconsin

Overt expressions of hatred along lines of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality and gender identity surged across the United States during the campaign and following the election of President Donald Trump. While American society has long grappled with discrimination and systemic disparities, attacks on immigrants, Muslims and others have emboldened organized hate groups and bigoted individuals. Wisconsinites have experienced the reemergence of public hate in a variety of forms, in places around the state. Amid this wave of incidents, various educators, elected officials and community groups have continued to push for tolerance and communication in a state that has a long history of immigration and continues to grow more diverse.
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The Jewish Community Relations Council conducted an audit of 2019 anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin, and it shows a 55% increase in incidents from 2018 to 2019, and a 329% increase since 2015
Baraboo grapples with the aftermath of a photograph surfacing showing high schoolers giving a Nazi salute.
Baraboo is grappling with how to handle a viral photo of students holding their arms in the position of a Nazi salute. Madison-based civil rights attorney and synagogue president Jeff Spitzer-Resnick wrote an open letter to the Baraboo school board asking they treat it as a teachable moment.
A May 2017 meeting at Mackesey's Irish Pub in downtown Madison would establish the Wisconsin chapter of an emerging national group called the Proud Boys.
Experts who study hate and bias-related acts say recent anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin are part of a nationwide trend that has created tension in communities, schools and workplaces.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks "hate" groups nationwide, has identified nine such groups operating in Wisconsin.
A memorial near the Gates of Heaven synagogue in Madison's James Madison Park was spray-painted with swastikas and a pro-President Donald Trump message in large red letters hours before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
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Racial unrest across the U.S. continues in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tracey Robertson of Fit Oshkosh, who facilitates community conversations on race relations, discusses where conversations on racial issues can go in the wake of ongoing hatred.
The Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council reported a more than 60 percent rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin last year compared to 2015.
A study from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the number of hate groups in the United States in 2016 increased for the second straight year to 917.