Nearly 6,000 Hate Crimes Reported To FBI Last Year, About Half Racial

  • Some 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by law-enforcement agencies last year, says the FBI in a new compilation. The total is based on reports from 1,826 agencies, only a small fraction of those around the nation. The FBI reported 5,796 hate crimes in 2012. Of the “single-bias” incidents, most of the total, 48.5 percent were racially motivated, 20.8 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias, 17.4 percent were motivated by religious bias, and 11.1 percent stemmed from ethnicity bias.

Of the racial incidents, about two-thirds were motivated by anti-black bias, 21.4 percent stemmed from anti-White bias, and 4.6 percent resulted from anti-Asian bias. Of the 1,402 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay (male) bias and 22.6 percent were prompted by an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias. Of the 1,163 religious-bias offenses, 59.2 percent were anti-Jewish and 14.2 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim).

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