A new report released by the FBI on Monday showed a significant rise in hate crimes in 2016. And considering 2016 was the year that Trump ascended to the highest office in the country, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
Hate crimes in the U.S. rose almost 5 percent in 2016. The report counted 6,121 hate crime incidents in America last year, up from 5,850 such incidents in 2015, a rise of 4.6 percent.
What also makes the 2016 report stand out is the steep rise in hate crimes around Election Day when Trump was elected President. Los Angeles, for example, saw a 29 percent increase in hate crimes in the last quarter of 2016, and New York City saw a five-fold increase in hate crimes over a two-week period around the election.
Here are some of the report’s other findings:
Analysis of the 6,063 single-bias incidents reported in 2016 revealed that:
57.5 percent were motivated by a race/ethnicity/ancestry bias.
21.0 percent were prompted by religious bias.
17.7 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias.
2.0 percent were motivated by gender-identity bias.
1.2 percent were prompted by disability bias.
0.5 percent (31 incidents) were motivated by a gender bias.
Of the 7,227 single-bias hate crime offenses reported in the above incidents:
58.5 percent stemmed from a race/ethnicity/ancestry bias.
21.3 percent were motivated by religious bias.
16.9 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias.
1.8 percent stemmed from gender-identity bias.
1.1 percent resulted from bias against disabilities.
0.5 percent (36 offenses) were prompted by gender bias.
In 2016, law enforcement agencies reported that 4,229 single-bias hate crime offenses were motivated by race/ethnicity/ancestry. Of these offenses:
50.2 percent were motivated by anti-Black or African American bias.
20.7 percent stemmed from anti-White bias.
10.6 percent were classified as anti-Hispanic or Latino bias.
4.2 percent were a result of bias against groups of individuals consisting of more than one race (anti-multiple races, group).
3.8 percent were motivated by anti-American Indian or Alaska Native bias.
3.1 percent resulted from anti-Asian bias.
1.3 percent were classified as anti-Arab bias.
0.2 percent (9 offenses) were motivated by bias of anti-Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
5.8 percent were the result of an anti-Other Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry bias.
Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,538 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed:
54.2 percent were anti-Jewish.
24.8 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim).
4.1 percent were anti-Catholic.
3.1 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
2.4 percent were anti-Other Christian.
1.8 percent were anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other).
1.3 percent were anti-Protestant.
0.8 percent (12 offenses) were anti-Hindu.
0.5 percent (8 offenses) were anti-Mormon
0.5 percent (7 offenses) were anti-Sikh.
0.4 percent (6 offenses) were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
0.2 percent (3 offenses) were anti-Jehovah’s Witness.
0.1 percent (1 offense) was anti-Buddhist.
5.9 percent were anti-other (unspecified) religion.
In 2016, law enforcement agencies reported 1,218 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias. Of these offenses:
62.8 percent were classified as anti-gay (male) bias.
21.5 percent were prompted by an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.
11.6 percent were classified as anti-lesbian bias.
2.2 percent were classified as anti-bisexual bias.
1.9 percent were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias.
Of the single-bias incidents, 130 offenses were a result of gender-identity bias. Of these offenses:
111 were anti-transgender.
19 were anti-gender non-conforming.
Of the 7,321 reported hate crime offenses in 2016:
28.8 percent were intimidation.
26.1 percent were destruction/damage/vandalism.
23.0 percent were simple assault.
11.9 percent were aggravated assault.
The remaining offenses included additional crimes against persons, property, and society.
To read the full report, click here.