Is America In the Middle of a Hate Crime Crisis?

Analysis: Hate crimes have risen with crime rate, but are well below historic highs

America is facing a serious increase in hate crimes, according to multiple prominent figures; data from the FBI show that, while this is true, the full story is more complicated than it may seem.

In the wake of actor Jussie Smollett’s arrest for the alleged perpetration of a fake hate crime, political and media figures—many of whom were quick to support Smollett’s story—have sought to emphasize that commentators should not downplay the real rise of hate crimes in America.