Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

Jerome Frank
November 14, 2017

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes previous year, compared to 5,850 in 2015.

There were 6,121 reported hate crimes in the United States in 2016, according to new Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation.

The bulk of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity.

The yearly report is the most comprehensive accounting of hate crimes in the U.S. But authorities have long warned it is incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation. Crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias increased from 299 to 344 incidents during that time, anti-Native American bias increased from 131 to 154 incidents, and anti-Arab bias increased from 37 to 51.

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However, a report issued last month by the Maryland State Police showed a 40 percent increase in hate "incidents" in the state in 2016.

The FBI further said hate crimes remain the number one priority for their civil rights unit.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Mr. Sessions said.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.

Since Donald Trump's election win, many mainstream media reports have centered on hate crimes being supposedly inspired by Donald Trump and his supporters. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, anti-Islamic hate crimes, and anti-Catholic hate crimes all saw various increases in 2016. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

Another 21.0 percent were for religion, and 17.7 percent sexual orientation.

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