A new study released by SafeHome.org ranks Arkansas as No. 49 seeing the biggest rise in hate crimes at -76 percent from 2013 to 2017.
After analyzing data from the FBI, SafeHome.org released a study on the rise of hate crimes in America.
According to the information, hate crimes rose by 22 percent nationally during this time, totaling 8,500 cases reported to the police, 99 percent of those incidents where single-bias was believed as the motivation behind the crime.
“Just the past couple of years have seen high-profile crimes across the country motivated by racial and religious animus, such as the 2017 Charlottesville, ‘Unite the Right,’ rally, which ended in the death of a woman, or the 2018 massacre of 11 people in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh,” SafeHome.org states.
Among the most common reasons for incidents, racial animosity was listed, accounting for 60 percent of all single-bias offenses, with religion – 1 in 5 ratio – at 21 percent and sexual orientation at 16 percent.
n 59 percent racial-ethnicity/ancestry.
n 21 percent religion.
n 16 percent sexual orientation.
n 2 percent gender identity.
n 2 percent disability.
n 1 percent gender.
The study also broke it down regarding those who targeted by each.
For starters, African-Americans were most likely to be victimized, coming in at 49 percent, the highest, and Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders at 1 percent, the lowest. Caucasians hit at 17 percent.
In regards to religion, 58 percent of Jewish groups were targeted for offense, the highest, with Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Eastern Orthodox coming in at 1 percent.
Crimes based on orientation saw 53 percent of gay men targeted, 11 percent of lesbians and 3 percent of straight people.
A SafeHome.org survey also found that the personal experience of the reader also tracks with the data received from the FBI.
“We recently polled over 400 people to ask about their experience with harassment and hate crimes,” the website reads. “While most of our respondents reported having been targeted for harassment based on some aspect of their identity, only a small fraction reported having witnessed what they would term a hate crime. Among those we surveyed who said they had witnessed at least one hate crime incident, 75 percent said African-Americans were targeted.”
In the reports made, the highest amount of perpetrators who were at least partially identified belonged to Caucasians, accounting for more than half of known offenders in 2017, at 51 percent.
“Though, it’s important to note that nearly 1 in 5 known offenders were of an unknown race,” the website states.
“Where is hate growing,” SafeHome.org asks.
“The states and cities where hate crimes are most frequently reported largely correlate with population size,” according to SafeHome. “But taking a step back to see how these reports have changed over time provides more perspective. While overall, 22 percent more hate crime offenses were reported in 2017 compared to 2013, some states have actually seen rates fall – though it’s not clear whether that’s a reason for celebration.”
Varying state percentage rates:
n Wyoming at 2,200 percent. The state only reported one hate crime offense in 2013 compared to 23 in 2017, accounting for the state’s incredible rise.
n Nevada at -91 percent. Nevada’s rate fell from 80 incidents to just seven, but Las Vegas police did not report any hate crime information to the FBI for 2017. For 2013, that city accounted for the vast majority of reports.
“Despite the shortcomings in federal data on hate crimes and related incidents, we can clearly see bias-motivated offenses are on the rise (but) effectively combating this issue is a complex challenge, to say the least,” SafeHome.org states.