You might recall John Gore, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Last month, we wrote a piece expressing our concerns over his assignment and the pending confirmation of his replacement, Eric Dreiband. We expressed these concerns again, with a side helping of pedantry, in last week’s Countdown. Still nothing? Well, here we go again: on Friday, September 15, AAI joined more than 80 organizations on a letter to Gore outlining specific recommendations for the Justice Department in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and a nationwide surge in hate crime. The recommendations include improvements to federal hate crimes data collection and the Department’s training and prosecution procedures, in addition that Gore and his colleagues address actions the Administration has taken to undercut the mission of the Civil Rights Division. The bottom line is that our government must do more to protect its citizens from hate violence, and as head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, John Gore must lead this effort. To see what AAI is doing to combat hate, check out the #ReportHate Project.

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