It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 people who said they were victimized in recent years chose not to file a formal complaint with the authorities.
According to statistics released by the state Department of Justice on Monday, there was an overall increase of hate crimes by 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, with a particular spike in hate crimes against black people. Overall, the department recorded 931 incidents in 2016, with the most common crime involving a racial bias (most often against black people) and the second most common a bias against gay people.
Saturday night, nearly eight decades after the death factories were closed in Europe, someone — more likely a gang of someones — toppled hundreds of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. The same thing happened last week in St. Louis.
In America, deranged people can kill with racial, ethnic, religious or any of a wide range of hatreds and receive far differing reactions from the national media, the general public and seemingly even from the forces of justice.
Jurors found Charleston gunman Dylann Roof, 22, guilty of federal hate crimes and obstructing the exercise of religion for those he shot and killed during a church Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.
Most of the racist online publications still have modest readerships, attracting between 100,000 and 300,000 unique visitors per month, far less than the typical daily newspaper in a small American city. But all have seen rapid growth, and many sites have seen their traffic more than double over the past year.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says it recorded 447 incidents of hateful intimidation and vandalism in the first five days after the election. Many perpetrators explicitly invoked Trump.
There is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence after a bitter national election. The data kept on hate crimes won’t reassure anyone.
A mosque, a Polish center and refugees have reportedly been targeted. The Muslim Council of Britain said today it has compiled “over 100 incidents reported of hate crimes following the referendum result.”
Law enforcement officials are calling it a hate crime. So why is it that some conservatives — including two running for president — have such a hard time using that phrase?
North Carolina killer of 3 Muslims wrote on Facebook: “Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative.”
By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Mourning three recent killings outside Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, by “a madman with a warped view of what America should look like,” FBI Director James Comey called Monday for stronger reporting of hate crimes and increased education to help prevent them. “There are jurisdictions […]