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Hate crimes in the US to rise 11.6% in 2021, fueled by racial and ethnic bias

The fight against hate crimes in America

Sarah N. By Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hate crimes in the United States rose 11.6% in 2021, driven by prejudice against black people, followed by crimes targeting victims based on race, sexuality and religion, the FBI said in a report released on Monday. .

The FBI reported that hate crime incidents increased from 8,120 in 2020 to 9,065 in 2021.

In 2021, 64.5% of hate crime victims were targeted because of their race, ethnicity or ethnicity, while 15.9% were targeted because of sexual orientation and 14.1% because of religion.

According to the report, the largest number, about 2,233 incidents, were motivated by racism against African-Americans.

More than half of the 2021 religion-based hate crimes cited in the report targeted Jews.

About 948 crimes were motivated by anti-white prejudice. There were 543 incidents against gay people and 415 incidents involving members of the wider LGBTQ community.

Prejudice against Hispanics fueled 433 incidents, while the FBI reported 305 incidents targeting Asians.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch)

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