Hate crimes in U.S. rose last year, FBI report says

Hate crimes increased for the second year in a row, according to a new FBI report.
By Steve Colyer | Nov 14, 2017
A new FBI report released Monday shows an increase in hate crimes committed in the United States last year.

Based on data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the nation, the FBI said more than 6,100 hate crimes were recorded in 2016 up from more than 5,800 in 2015, with an increase in incidents involving bias against Jews, Muslims, and LGBT people.

Anti-Semitism was the leading cause, followed by anti-Muslim animus. Of the number of hate crimes motivated by racial bias, 50 percent were directed against black people.

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, in a statement Monday, as reported by The Washington Post. "Hate crimes demand priority attention because of their special impact. They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society."

The report also found that white people carried out the largest number 46 percent of hate crimes last year, while black people were responsible for about 25 percent.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship," said Attorney General Jeff Session, in a statement following release of the report.

The FBI report is most likely woefully incomplete because not all victims or jurisdictions report hate crimes.

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