Federal Bureau of Investigation releases annual report on hate crimes

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Most of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity, not by religion or sexual orientation.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, said in a statement that the new Federal Bureau of Investigation hate crime report shows the need for all Americans to stand up to increasing bigotry nationwide. It did not give a reason for the rise.

Of those single-bias offences in 2016, almost 58 per cent were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry bias, while 21 per cent were driven by religious bias and about 18 per cent were caused due to bias towards sexual orientation.

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About 58 percent of the hate crimes were motivated by race, with about half the incidents targeting black Americans.

Muslims and Jews were the most common targets in the USA, with anti-Muslim bias making up the second highest religious bias at 25 percent behind anti-Jewish bias, which accounted for about 55 percent, making Jews the most targeted group in the U.S.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white, and 26 percent were African-American. More than 15,000 law enforcement agencies provided data for the report.

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In neighboring Minnesota, hate crimes rose from 109 to 119 during the same period. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data.

Of the 7,615 overall hate crime victims in 2016, 4,720 of them were against people. Most of the crimes came in the form of intimidation, assault, or vandalism.

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