Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

FBI: Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

According to The Huffington Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report is the most complete information on hate crimes in the divisive election year 2016, and supports data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which documented a wave of such events in months after elections.

Dozens of cities with more than 100,000 residents either reported zero hate crimes or did not submit their hate crime data, according toananalysis by the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization, which has called for better reporting. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.

Nearly 20 percent of racial hate crimes during 2016 were committed due to "anti white bias" showing a 15 percent increase in anti white hate crimes since 2015, according to the FBI Data.

In 2016 Utah saw 47 race-related hate crimes.

The 2016 tallies mark an uptick from 2015, when 15 hate crimes were reported statewide.

The law center and other watchdog groups have blamed the spike in extremist groups and hate speech to the divisive presidential election previous year.

In an interview with KTVU on Monday, Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk said that his organization noticed a "sharp increase" of hate during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off past year.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit which tracks hate groups, attributed the bump to the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump assailed Muslims and Hispanics as extremists and illegal immigrants. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016. The majority of racial hate crimes, about 50 percent, were "anti-Black or African American", while about one-in-five were "anti-White", and one-tenth were "anti-Hispanic or Latino".

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Monday.

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