Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

FBI Statistics Show Hate Crimes Rise in Minnesota in 2016

FBI Statistics Show Hate Crimes Rise in Minnesota in 2016

The FBI specified that about 58 percent of hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by racial prejudice, with more than half of those incidents targeting black Americans.

Of those crimes previous year, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation.

The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.

The 2016 tallies mark an uptick from 2015, when 15 hate crimes were reported statewide. That's up about 5 percent from the year before.

Minnesota's 2016 figures come from just 10 percent of participating agencies statewide.

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.

Sikh Coalition national advocacy manager Sim Singh told NPR that the seven anti-Sikh hate crimes recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation past year "represents the tip of the iceberg".

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015. No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, said the increase in hate crimes nationally reflects an increase in hate crimes around the 2016 presidential election, a big increase in some large jurisdictions, a sustained level of crimes against large groups including African Americans who have always been the the top target of hate crimes, and a jump in crimes against Latinos, whites, Muslims and transgender people.

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