From the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 to the white supremacist shooting in El Paso earlier this year, from the detention and dehumanization of immigrant children at the border to the largest anti-Semitic attack in United States history last year, this decade was bookended and interspersed by a series of all-too-frequent tragedies, many perpetrated by extremists from across the ideological spectrum and others the result of wrongheaded government policy. Over the past decade, seven of the top ten incidents of hate were mass killings. It’s our business to track hate, and so as the decade ends, we look back at these incidents as a reminder that our work in fighting hate for good is not yet finished.
The Decade's Top 10 Incidents of Hate
Here’s the ADL’s Top 10 list of the decade’s most unforgettable – and tragic – moments in hate in the United States. We tried to capture as many moments as possible, but there are still many more which did not make the list. In a decade that was also scarred by the horrific school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut (which are not included as they are not alleged to have been motivated by prejudice), there were, sadly, plenty of additional incidents to choose from.