Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

14 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Kim Reid
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There were 6,121 reported hate crimes in the United States in 2016, according to new Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Oakland, by contrast, reported less hate crimes: From 18 in 2015, down to nine past year.

Furthermore, there were another 7,321 related offenses stemming from bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, and other traits. Of the hate crimes motivated by religion, the report found 55 percent of the incidents were due to anti-Semitism, followed by 25 percent that were sparked by anti-Muslim views.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. In 2015, hate crime rose by seven percent.

Religious bias motivated 1,538 hate crimes previous year - over half against Jews, and about one-quarter against Muslims.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has documented 917 hate groups that are now operating in the United States, believes that Trump has impacted the rise in hate crimes.

Since the election, discrimination against Muslims has increased and more Muslims say they fear for their place in American society. Black people were the targets of hate crimes in half of all racial cases, while white people were the targets about 20 percent of the time.

He won the white vote by a 21 percentage point margin over Clinton, while she captured black voters by an 80 point spread and Hispanic voters by 36 points.

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"Rhetoric becomes physical violence unless you do something to change it". The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against. The Anti-Defamation League attributed 34 hate crimes to the election alone.

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.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement after the report was published on November 13, The Washington Post reports.

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