Tensions between humans and saurians are at an all-time high. Hate crimes, defined by the ‘but for’ clause (namely, the idea that the crime would not have occurred but for some aspect of the victim’s race/ethnicity/religion/etc.) are running rampant throughout the major cities.
More specifically, hate crimes are defines thus: A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a racial group, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, or disability. The offense is considered a hate crime whether or not the offender’s perception of the victim as a member or supporter of a protected group is correct.
Waterfall City in particular is a roiling mass of discontent. Over two hundred hate crimes were reported in the past year, the majority of them directed against saurians. About 80% of hate crimes are violent, and about 20% are fatal. These crimes range from graffiti to harassment to first-degree murder.