Nebraska Reports Increase in Hate Crimes

July 13, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On July 13, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "the number of hate crimes reported in the state surged last year, according to the Nebraska Crime Commission... Ahmad Ghosheh, president of the Islamic Center of Omaha, said there was no doubt that bigotry and hate crimes against Muslims increased after the terrorist attacks... Locally, he said, women wearing Muslim head scarves have been berated and shoved in stores and told to go back where they came from... Generally [though], Ghosheh said, Omahans have been supportive and kind toward Muslims. Some called after Sept. 11 and volunteered to guard the mosque while Muslims prayed inside."