Hate crimes in L.A hit their highest level in five years in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims.

Although blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, Latinos made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, while whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents.

“What we’re seeing is the democratization of hate crimes,” said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. “We’re not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders.”

PHOTO: AP

Read More