GETTING TOUGH ON HATE CRIMES
President Announces Significant New Law Enforcement and Prevention
"Hate crimes ... leave deep scars not only on the victims, but on
our larger community. They weaken the sense that we are one people with
common values and a common future. They tear us apart when we should be
moving closer together. They are acts of violence against America
"As part of our preparation for the new century, it
is time for us to mount an all-out assault on hate crimes, to punish them
swiftly and severely, and to do more to prevent them from happening in
the first place. We must begin with a deeper understanding of the
President Clinton, Radio Address to the Nation, June 7, 1997
THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON HATE CRIMES
November 10, 1997
On November 10, 1997, the President convened the first-ever White
House Conference on Hate Crimes, a day-long event held at The
George Washington University. At the Conference, the President
announced significant law enforcement and prevention initiatives to get
tough on hate crimes. The Conference examined the positive actions
that communities are taking and outline the steps we all can take to
prevent hate crimes.
A hate crime is the embodiment of intolerance -- an act of violence
against a person or property based on the victims race, color, gender,
national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Every year,
thousands of Americans are victims of hate crimes -- and it is suspected
that many more go unreported. Teenagers and young adults account for a
significant proportion of the country's hate crimes -- both as
perpetrators and victims. Every time one of these crimes is committed it
creates tension and fear, and tears at the fabric of community life.
The Conference is an important element of the President's Initiative on
Race and of his vision for One America. Members of the President's
Advisory Board on Race participated in the Conference at satellite
The President, Vice President, Attorney General and Secretary of
Education were joined by other members of the Cabinet, Members of
Congress, selected state and local officials, and approximately 350
leaders from the law enforcement, civil rights, anti-violence, youth,
education, and religious communities.
Hate crimes survivors also attended. Participants included
representatives from all 50 states. Thousands more participated at
over 50 satellite-linked events across the country.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
The President hosted a breakfast for Conference participants at the
White House and made an opening address at the Conference. After
his remarks, the President chaired a panel discussion in which the
Attorney General, the Secretary of Education, and several other
distinguished Americans joined.
In the afternoon, members of the Cabinet and other senior Administration
officials chaired a number of concurrent working sessions to examine
various aspects of the hate crimes issue. Afterward, the Attorney
General chaired a closing panel to discuss ideas and themes from the
working sessions. Participants attended a closing reception at the
United States Holocaust Museum.
The Conference was held at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at the George
Washington University, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC, and was by
invitation only. The President's remarks began at approximately 11:30
a.m. The closing panel and remarks by the Attorney General commenced
at approximately 4:15 p.m. The event was open press, except for the
working sessions beginning at 2:30 p.m., which were closed press. Press
inquires should be directed to (202) 456-7150.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
at White House Conference on Hate Crimes
Closing Remarks at White House Conference on Hate Crimes
Clinton Administration Accomplishments
Hurtful Acts Hurt Kids
Contact the White House Conference on Hate Crimes at (202) 456-6350.