FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued its annual study of reported hate crimes in the United States. In 2022, there 11,634 hate crime incidents reported to the federal agency by participating local law enforcement agencies.

Of the reported hate crime incidents, 56.4 percent were motivated by race or ethnicity. Of these racially motivated hate crimes, African Americans were the victims in 52 percent of the incidents.

Whites made up 41 percent of the known perpetrators of hate crimes. Blacks were 15.8 percent of the known offenders. In more than 12 percent of the incidents, the race of the offender was not reported.

There were 778 hate crimes in elementary or secondary schools that were reported to the FBI in 2022. There were only 403 reported hate crimes on college campuses.

It must be noted that federal hate crime statistics do not present an accurate picture of what transpires across the country. Local law enforcement agencies are not required to report hate crimes to the FBI.

Thus, there are huge discrepancies in reporting hate crimes. In California, there were more than 2,261 reported hate crimes. In Mississippi, there were 32 reported hate crimes.

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