Hate Crimes Are Up 17 Percent FBI Says
The FBI came out with its annual hate crimes report which indicated that hate crimes reported to the FBI increased by about 17 percent last year compared to 2016.
The report found that 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 reported incidents in 2016.
Of the 1,679 religious bias crimes reported in 2017, 58.1 percent were anti-Jewish while 18.6 percent were anti-Muslim.
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said in a statement, “I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes — which were already the most common religious hate crimes in the United States — that is well documented in this report. The American people can be assured that this Department has already taken significant and aggressive actions against these crimes and that we will vigorously and effectively defend their rights.”
Vanita Gupta, president & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the release of the FBI’s report:
“These numbers are disappointing, but not surprising. The Trump administration’s divisive rhetoric and discriminatory policies fuel the flames of bigotry and acts of hatred throughout our country. The FBI’s hate crimes report is merely the thermometer – telling us that the temperature of hate and intolerance in America is spiking to sweltering levels. Sadly, we can trace the source of this heat directly back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Hate has no place anywhere in our country. Most alarming, this report captures only a fraction of the problem. The federal government must improve their hate crime data collection to accurately represent this country’s epidemic of hate.
“The civil rights community denounces these acts of hate and bigotry and calls on our elected and appointed officials to meet a higher standard with those who denounce acts of hate and bigotry in this country.”