Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

Pauline Gross
November 14, 2017

The FBI specified that about 58 percent of hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by racial prejudice, with more than half of those incidents targeting black Americans.

Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes previous year, compared to 5,850 in 2015.

The FBI's hate crime statistics lag by about a year and widely believed to underreport the extent of hate crimes in America. Crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 past year.

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.

In the FBI's press release, the types of hate crimes were classified as intimidation (44.7%), simple assault (35.7%), and aggravated assault (18.5%).

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Some civil rights groups caution that the FBI's annual figures are artificially low because they rely on voluntary reporting. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society".

Of those crimes a year ago, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation.

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016. No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.

Data from California State University at San Bernardino indicate that hate crime has continued to rise in major USA cities in 2017.

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