FBI: Reports of Hate Crimes Surged to Highest Level in Twelve Years

By: Alyssa Wilson

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual hate crime statistics report and revealed a surge in hate crimes.  

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The data from 2020 shows law enforcement agencies received more than 10,000 reports of offenses motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity.  

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More than 60% of those reports involved bias towards race and ethnicity, with sexual orientation following at 20.5%. Most of the crimes were intimidation, followed by simple assault and aggravated assault. Some of the crimes were more violent, including 22 murders and 19 reports of rape.  

The 2020 report includes an increase of about 450 incidents over 2019, CNN reported. The 2020 data was the highest total of reported hate crime incidents since 2008.  

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CNN’s analysis of the data also revealed a bias against African Americans made up the largest category of reported hate crimes, with 56% of crimes motivated by anti-Black bias.  

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