That stubborn legacy of bigotry persists in Eugene, where city officials this year have recorded nearly 60 hate crimes, up from 44 last year. Officials said vandalism and graffiti made up 20 percent of the hate crimes reported between January and October.
Statewide, hate crimes were up 60 percent in 2016 from the previous year, representing one of the largest increases of any state, according to an analysis of federal data by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
In 2016, Eugene had more hate crimes than any other place in Oregon, said Brian Levin, director of the center. (The Oregonian/OregonLive has partnered with ProPublica and newsrooms nationwide to track hate crimes and bias incidents. You can use this form to tell us about a suspected hate crime incident.)