FBI Records Increase in Hate-Crime Reports for Third Year in a Row

Last year, law-enforcement agencies across the country reported 7,175 hate crimes to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, according to the Hate Crime Statistics report — a 17 percent increase from the 6,121 such crimes reported in 2016.

Over half the crimes were motivated by racial bias. Of these, almost 50 percent were against African-Americans, about 17 percent were against whites, and about 10 percent were against Hispanics.

Religion was the second-most-common motive. Reports of anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent and made up the majority of the anti-religious crimes. Anti-Islamic offenses were the second-most common, and anti-Catholic offenses the third.