Since the Donald Trump regime stepped into the spotlight and our Twitter feeds, hate crimes in America have skyrocketed in a manner that has at times led to people being murdered. Every year the FBI, the agency tasked with tracking hate crimes across America, releases their crime statistics from the previous year. And according to its findings from 2016, white people are still pretty damn hateful and racist.
The report indicated that in 2016, there were more than 6,000 crimes committed in America in the name of hatred against someone because of their race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity. Nearly 50 percent of those crimes were committed by a white person. The report looked at data from more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies over the course of a year. Out of the 6,121 hate crimes reported in 2016, race was a factor in an astonishing 5,770.
As far who was committing the hate crimes, here’s what the report indicated:
- 46.3 percent were white
- 26.1 percent were black or African American
- 7.7 percent were of groups made up of individuals of various races (group of multiple races)
- 0.8 percent (46 offenders) were Asian
- 0.8 percent (45 offenders) were American Indian or Alaska Native
- 0.1 percent (7 offenders) were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
- 18.1 percent were of unknown race or ethnicity
- 6,063 of the 6,121 incidents reported were single-bias incidents
- There were 58 incidents that involved multiple biases
As far as what the motivation was behind the hate crimes, the report found:
- 57.5 percent were motivated by a race, ethnicity or ancestry bias
- 21 percent were motivated by a religious bias
- 17.7 percent were motivated by a sexual orientation bias
- The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability or gender bias
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions who oversees the Department of Justice and the FBI issued a statement on the report:
“No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe or how they worship.
In June, the Hate Crimes Subcommittee of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety met with representatives from affected communities. The subcommittee continues to explore ways to expand and improve training for federal, state and local prosecutors and investigators; improve data collection of hate crimes; and to create even better partnerships with local law enforcement and affected communities.
The full report of the Task Force is due in January, but there are actions we can take now, like continuing to aggressively prosecute those who violate an individual’s civil rights. Most recently, the Justice Department cross-designated a Civil Rights Division prosecutor to assist in the trial of an Iowa man accused of murdering Kedarie Johnson, a transgender teenager. I was pleased to learn on Nov. 3, 2017, that the trial resulted in a conviction, and the man now faces life in prison.
The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship.”
This isn’t the first report to come out indicating the rise in hate crimes across America and it likely won’t be the last. Already, it’s been reported that there has been a 197 percent rise in anti-Islam groups in America since Trump’s election. In the ten days after the election alone, there were more than 900 hate crimes reported. In Texas this past May, James Scott Lee reportedly said, “I hate n***ers, and I’m going to kill me one today,” before going out and trying to kill a black man.
Thanks, Donald Trump.