October 28, 2020

Hate crimes in the US increase 17% in 2017, according to the FBI

Hate crimes in the US increase 17% in 2017, according to the FBI



Hate crimes in the United States increased by 17% in 2017, which is the third consecutive year of increase, according to a report published today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, in its acronym in English).

US authorities documented 7,175 hate crimes last year in the US, compared to 6,121 registered in 2016.

More than half of these crimes, approximately three out of five, were motivated by racial or ethnic issues, while one in five was due to religious beliefs.

Of the more than 7,000 incidents of this nature that occurred last year, 2,013 were against black Americans; 938 against Jews; and 1,130 against homosexuals.

Likewise, anti-Semitic attacks grew by 37% in 2017.

"I am particularly concerned about the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, which are already the most common religious hate crimes in the United States," US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement.

In contrast, crimes against Muslims decreased by 11%, with 273 incidents reported last year, according to the analysis.

In its recount, the FBI also separates crimes by type: more than 4,000 were against people and about 3,000 were crimes against property, from vandalism to theft and fire.

Whitaker said that "the main priority" of the US Department of Justice is "reducing violent crime," which he considered "despicable violations" of the country's fundamental values.

The FBI considers hate crimes crimes motivated by animosity against a race, religion, disability or sexual orientation, among others.

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