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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

7,240 Hate Crime Offenses In U.S. In 2011

In a free and diverse nation, a nation populated primarily by immigrants from around the world (and their descendants), hate crimes are a particularly egregious offense. These crimes are committed for no other reason than bias against a particular group (groups such as those defined by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.), and therefore strike at the very heart of a nation of immigrants ruled by law and the guarantee of equal rights. Buy bigots do exist in this nation, and far too many of them commit these dastardly kinds of crimes. According to the FBI, there were at least 7,240 hate offenses in the United States last year. The FBI has just released those statistics for 2011, and here is the breakdown of those crimes:

OFFENSES BY BIAS MOTIVATION
47.9% were because of race
20.8% were because of sexual orientation
18.2% were because of religion
12.3% were because of ethnicity
0.9% were because of a disability

HATE CRIMES OVER RACIAL BIAS
72.0% were anti-black
16.7% were anti-white
4.8% were anti-Asian/Pacific Islander
4.7% were anti-multi-racial people
1.9% were anti-Native American

HATE CRIMES OVER ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN BIAS
52.8% were against Hispanics
43.2% were against other ethnicities/national origins

HATE CRIMES OVER RELIGION BIAS
62.2% were anti-jewish
13.3% were anti-islamic
10.5% were anti-other religions (other than jewish, islamic, or christian)
5.2% were anti-catholic
4.8% were anti-multiple religions
3.7% were anti-protestant
0.3% were anti-atheist/agnostic

HATE CRIMES OVER SEXUAL ORIENTATION BIAS
57.8% were anti-male homosexual
28.4% were anti-homosexual
11.1 were anti-female homosexual
1.5% were anti-bisexual
1.1% were anti-heterosexual

HATE CRIMES OVER DISABILITY BIAS (58 TOTAL)
35 were anti-mental disability
23 were anti-physical disability

HATE CRIME OFFENDERS BY RACE
59.0% were white
20.9% were black
1.4% were Asian/Pacific Islander
0.8% were Native American
7.1% were of other races (or a multi-racial group)
10.8% were of unknown race

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