Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

There were 40 hate crimes reported in the state a year ago, the highest number of bias-related incidents since 2010.

This is a 5% increase from 2015, making it the second year in a row hate crimes rose.

The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990.

Going forward. The FBI, through its UCR Program, will continue to collect and disseminate information on hate crime-as a means to educate and increase awareness of these types of crimes for the public as well as for law enforcement, government, community leaders, civic organizations, and researchers around the country. The majority of racial hate crimes, about 50 percent, were "anti-Black or African American", while about one-in-five were "anti-White", and one-tenth were "anti-Hispanic or Latino". In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity.

According to The Huffington Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report is the most complete information on hate crimes in the divisive election year 2016, and supports data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which documented a wave of such events in months after elections.

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An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents 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. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

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