No. 2: Racism Alive, and Sadly, Apparently Thriving in the Granite State
NH1'S TOP STORIES OF 2017: NO. 2, Racial tensions in the Granite State
FBI statistics released in November show there were 40 hate crimes reported in New Hampshire in 2016, a large jump over 2015 when just 15 were reported in the state.
Of those reported hate crimes last year, 15 were associated with race or ethnicity.
Several incidents in New Hampshire in 2017 have drawn national attention.
At the University of New Hampshire in Durham, it started with a video posted on Facebook about cultural appropriation on Cinco de Mayo then a photo surfaced of a student shown in what was alleged to be blackface but turned out to be a nighttime facial mask. Several other photos of blackface surfaced and bulletins were defaced with swastikas and the n-word.
The school held several forums after tensions grew high at the end of the last school year.
However, this school year has not been problem free. In September, a video of several sorority members singing the "N-word" in a popular Kanye West song surfaced on social media.
On Sept. 1, an elementary school student in the town had to endure taunts from another boy that were described as racial as well as "unwanted physical contact."
Also in September, a 9-year-old bi-racial boy in Claremont suffered severe burns on his neck after almost being hanged from a rope around his neck.
In December, in an effort to help ease racial tensions, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announced the state would have a dedicated civil rights unit within the attorney general's office, while also creating an outside council to recommend steps to combat discrimination and promote diversity and inclusion.