Monday, November 16, 2015

FBI Releases 2014 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI this morning released its report on Hate Crime Statistics 2014.  The report shows 5,479 criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. This is down from 5,928 in 2013.  A further breakdown of the data shows that 17.1% of the single-bias incidents were motivated by religious bias.  18.7% were based on bias toward sexual orientation, and 48.3% reflected racial bias. Of the 1,140 victims of hate crimes motivated by religious bias, 56.8% were motivated by anti-Jewish bias, while 16.1% were motivated by anti-Muslim bias. 6.1% of the incidents were anti-Catholic; 2.5% were anti-Protestant; and 1.2% were anti-Atheist/Agnostic.  11% of the incidents were based on bias against other religions. [Thanks to Michael Lieberman for the lead.]