Nov. 15, 2017 -- 2016 Hate Crime Statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday shows the hate crime rate in the U.S. has risen for two consecutive years, with an explosion of incident motivated by the bias towards religion, Latino Americans and gender identity.
The Bureau will continue to combat hate crimes and improve the quality of this report, said Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the Department of Justice.
The FBI’s annual hate crimes report showed there were 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 4.6 percent from 5,850 in 2015.
The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the U.S. has increased two years in a row. In 2015, hate crime rose by seven percent.
In this report, the race bias remains the main cause of hate crimes. 57.5 percent were motivated by a race, ethnicity or ancestry bias; 21 percent were motivated by a religious bias and 18 percent were motivated by a sexual orientation bias.
Some views hold that the increase of hate crimes may be related to the divisive politics. Brian Levin, a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, blames it to the increasing bias.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense motivated by “bias against race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity”
It is estimated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Department of Justice that nearly half of hate crimes have failed to declare.
By: Ma Yangyang