Fronteras: The Changing America Desk has joined forces with Not in Our Town documentary producers to determine how hate affects communities throughout the Southwest and what people are doing about it.
The FBI recently released its annual compilation of statistics related to hate crimes in the United States.
San Antonio police say one hate crime was reported in 2011; five in 2010. But the Council on Islamic-American Relations says every week it get calls about threats and attacks from people who fear retaliation.
New Mexico often touts its tri-cultural diversity, which can make it difficult for the small population of black students at the University of New Mexico.
Wingspan is working in Tucson to reduce hate and bias against the LGBT community through education.
Southern California has one of the nation's highest concentrations of hate groups, and law enforcement partners with anti-hate nonprofits to solve and prevent hate crimes.
As communities work to prevent hate, a question often arises when some form of harassment or discrimination occurs: Was that a hate crime?
More than a decade ago, a racist gang emerged in a Phoenix suburb. Since then, the town has been trying to teach tolerance in the high schools.
We asked you to tell us about life in your community. What we heard painted a positive picture - take a look.