FBI report reveals an approximate 5% increase in hate crimes in 2016

The FBI  released the 2016 Hate Crime Statistics  on Monday revealing 7,321 recorded criminal offenses motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity in comparison to 6,885of such bias-motivated offenses in the previous year.

According to the report, there were 6,063 single-bias incidents involving 7,509 victims of which approximately 59 percent were targeted because of racial, ethnic and/or ancestral bias; 21 percent because of religious bias, 17 percent on sexual orientation bias, 2 percent on gender identity bias, 1 percent on disability bias, and 0.5 percent on gender bias. Additionally there were 58 multiple-bias hate crime incidents involving 106 victims.

More specifically, approximately 50 percent of the crimes were related to racial bias against Blacks, while 20 percent represented bias against Whites, 11 percent represented bias against Hispanics/Latinos, and 7 percent represented bias against American Indian and Asian groups. As for religious bias, 54 percent represented bias against Jews while 25 percent represented bias against Muslims. 63 percent of the crimes were related to bias against homosexual males, while 22 percent represented bias against homosexuals in general, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. 26 percent of the crimes were connected to bias against females, while 10 percent of the crimes were connected bias against males.

As carried in Jurist

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