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Jim Burroway

August 10th, 2008

With a picture

New Mexico road trip, 2004

Which way do we go?

The FBI collects three sets of hate crime statistics: hate crime incidents, offenses, and victims. According to the FBI’s definition, an incident represents a single occurrence of one or more hate crime offenses (each offense being an assault, a robbery, an act of vandalism, etc.) against one or more victims. The statistics for 2011 look like this (with 2010 data in parentheses):

Total Hate Crime Incidents, 2011
(2010)
Total Hate Crime Offenses,
2011
(2010)
Total Hate Crime Victims, 2011
(2010)
Race 2,917
(3,135)
3,465
(3,725)
3,645
(3,949)
Religion 1,233
(1,322)
1,318
(1,409)
1,480
(1,522)
Sexual Orientation 1,293
(1,277)
1,508
(1,470)
1,572
(1,528)
Ethnicity 720
(847)
891
(1040)
939
(1,122)
Disability 53
(43)
58
(46)
61
(48)
TOTAL 6,222
(6,628)
7,254
(7,699)
7,713
(8,208)
Totals don’t add up due to additional
multi-category hate crime incidents, offenses and victims.

One argument against hate crimes as a category claims that the distinction singles out minority populations for special treatment. But a quick look at the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics shows that not to be the case. Among the 2,917 incidents in 2011 based on race, 577 were anti-white. Anti-Protestant hate crime incidents made up 49 of the 1,233 religious based hate crime incidents, and 17 anti-heterosexual hate crime incidents were among the 1,508 based on sexual orientation.

    

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