FBI, SPLC Reports Detail Increase in American Hate Crimes

By Kenrya Rankin Nov 15, 2016

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released its “Hate Crime Statistics, 2015” report yesterday (November 14) detailing “crimes reported to the FBI [that] involve those motivated by biases based on race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”

The FBI requested data from 14,997 law enforcement agencies, 1,742 (11.6 percent) of which provided information on 5,850 total incidents, 5,818 of which were designated as “single-bias incidents.” The other jurisdictions each reported no hate crimes. These numbers represent an increase from the “Hate Crime Statistics 2014” report, which counted 5,462 single-bias incidents.


Fully 59.2 percent of the crimes recorded in 2015 involved race, ethnicity or ancestry bias. Of the 4,216 people who were victims of those crimes (up from 3,081 in 2014), 52.2 percent were impacted by anti-Black bias. Anti-White bias was noted as the motivation for 18.7 percent of the victims, with 9.3 percent and 3.3 percent reporting anti-Latinx and anti-Native bias, respectively. And 21.9 percent of people were the victims of anti-Muslim bias.


Of the 5,493 known offenders, 48.4 percent were White, 24.3 percent were Black, 9.1 were multiracial, 6.1 percent were Latinx, 1 percent were Asian, 0.9 percent were identified as American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.1 percent were “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander” and the race was undeclared for 16.2 percent.

The FBI’s report comes just days after the Southern Poverty Law Center released its own compilation of harassment and intimidation experienced in the days immediately following the election of President-Elect Donald Trump. That report counted 201 incidences as of Friday (November 11) at 5 p.m. ET, with anti-Black, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments leading the way.