A new report from the FBI reveals hate crimes increased in the United States in 2017. This is the third year in a row the FBI has seen an uptick in hate crimes.
On Tuesday (13 November), the FBI released their report of hate crime statistics in 2017.
Overall, hate crimes saw an increase of 17% in the US last year. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program counted 7,175 hate crimes, up from 6,121 in 2016.
The three biggest biases in reported hate crimes were race/ethnicity/ancestry (59.6%), religion (20.6%), and sexual orientation (15.8%). Another 1.6% of reported victims were targeted for their gender identity. These accounted for over 7,000 single-bias reported hate crimes.
An additional 69 multiple-bias hate crimes were also reported last year.
Around 5,000 of the incidents reported were against a person, while about 3,000 were considered crimes against property (and some entailed both).
These numbers reflect only reported hate crimes. Last year, the number of agencies reporting hate crimes also increased from 2016, with ‘approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information’.
How LGBTI people suffer from these attacks
According to the breakdown of the FBI report, there were a total of 1,130 reported hate crimes against the LGBTI community in the US last year. These incidents accounted for over 1,300 known victims.
Gay men made up a majority (57.8%) of the victims, followed by lesbians (12.2%) and bisexual people (2.2%).
In terms of gender identity, people reported 119 known hate crimes and 132 victims.
Of the victims, 90.1% were transgender and 9.8% were gender non-conforming.
A worrying trend
Last year’s FBI report about hate crimes in 2016 showed a 5% increase from 2015. Reported crimes against sexual orientation and gender identity, however, decreased slightly from 2016 to 2017.
Last month, there was a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh — the man accused of the crime pleaded not guilty in court.
At the start of November, authorities arrested a man on hate crime charges for stealing rainbow flags from churches.
Another report, this time from the Anti-Defamation League, found an increase of white supremacist attacks on college campuses.