Is hate on the rise in Northampton? Human Rights Commission says yes; local crime statistics paint a less clear picture

While the city's Human Rights Commission launched a "civility pledge" aimed at curtailing offensive language and speech, statistics show reported hate crimes in Northampton are rare.

NORTHAMPTON -- Citing an "increase in Northampton and around the country of bias motivated name-calling and language that demeans people based on who they are and where they are from," the city's Human Rights Commission is planning to launch a "civility pledge."

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