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Reported Hate Crimes Have Reached the Highest Level in 12 Years

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On Monday, the FBI released its Hate Crime Statistics, 2020 report, revealing there were 7,759 hate crimes in the U.S. last year, the most since 2008 when there were 7,783.

Some highlights:

According to the report, nearly two-thirds (64%) of reported hate crimes last year were motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry (the FBI also includes offenses motivated by religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity in its definition of hate crimes).

The FBI also found that of all hate crimes reported, 36% were anti-Black, 10% were anti-White, and 9% were anti-Jewish.

Not the full picture:

While the data is disturbing enough, some experts believe the actual number of hate crimes is much higher than what the FBI reported, since many crimes are not reported and not every agency reports its data to the FBI.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told NPR that over 60 jurisdictions with populations over 100,000 people reported zero hate crimes in 2020, something Greenblatt says “is simply not credible.”

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