This summer might not hold the record for hate crimes or domestic terrorism, but it certainly feels like there's another tragic shooting or near-fatal attack every few days. By one count, there have been 247 "hate incidents" in the first half of this year, putting us on track to beat 2011's total count (316).
From religious halls to private homes, these attacks have weaved in and out of media consciousness for weeks. Here, the targets of this dark summer.
June 17: A Mormon temple
July 22: A lesbian in Nebraska
Aug. 5: A Sikh temple
Aug. 6: The Islamic Society of Joplin
Aug. 9: African-American and Mexican businesses
Aug. 15: A conservative Christian group
Aug. 15: A Muslim Florida home
That's not all this summer brought. These attacks by unhinged men weren't domestic terrorism, but they were among a bloody season's bloodiest incidents: