Hate In America Documentary: The Panel Discussion

Hate In America Documentary: The Panel Discussion

Photo Credit: Photos by Sarah Hearn, Divine Images​

Alecia Jones, Washington D.C. Contributor

The pre-screening of the documentary, HATE IN AMERICA, on May 17, 2016, at the Newseum, Washington, D.C., captured 5 brief racial and colorless stories of hate crimes condensed from 3 episodes. This newest installment of the documentary ties in with the current election and commemorates the one year anniversary of the heart-wrenching mass murders in Charleston, South Carolina . A remarkable panel discussion followed which was exceptionally moderated by Harris. The distinguished panel included the Honorable Congressman James Clyburn, [D-SC6], and the SPLC President, Richard Cohen. Alana Simmons,  granddaughter of Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr. (one of the S.C. victims), so eloquently contributed to the conversation. Simmons is also the creator of the hashtag and movement, Hate Won’t Win (http://www.hatewontwinmovement.com).


Building on the success of the HATE IN AMERICA special that aired in 2015, Investigation Discovery (ID) and Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris are teaming with premier civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its legendary founder, Morris Dees, to be the first network to produce a series showcasing stories from the organization’s case files in a new series – HATE IN AMERICA.

The SPLC, which has been fighting hate and bigotry through litigation and education for more than four decades, is currently tracking nearly 800 active hate groups across the country, which target entire classes of people for their race, religion, sexual orientation, or other immutable characteristics. These groups, according to SPLC, seek to divide our society with bigotry and, too often, violence. Produced by NBC News’ award-winning production arm Peacock Productions, the documentary series HATE IN AMERICA kicks off with its first installment of the three part series earlier this year.