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Good News! Hate Crimes In America Are Down. Bad News: Not For Gay People

by David Badash on December 11, 2012

in Discrimination,Hate Crimes,News

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The FBI has released their annual hate crimes statistics report for 2011 and the good news is that overall, reported hate crimes are down. Bad news: hate crimes toward LGBT people are up. And, only for LGBT people.

Zack Ford at Think Progress reports:

The Anti-Defamation League notes that the overall number of hate crime incidents decreased from 6,628 in 2010 to 6,222, the lowest number of reported hate crimes since 1994. The number of crimes directed against individual because of race, religion, and national origin all decreased, but the number of incidents targeting a person’s sexual orientation continued to increase.

As a result, sexual orientation hate crimes now constitute the second most frequent type of hate crime after race-based crimes.

The number of religion-based crimes decreased to 1,233, 63 percent of which were directed against Jewish people and institutions. The combined number of anti-Catholic and anti-Protestant crimes totaled 111, less than 9 percent of the number of anti-gay hate crimes. Conservatives who oppose LGBT equality often attempt to insinuate that Christians are just as victimized as gays and lesbians, but this data significantly undermines that argument.

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Frankly, wading through the numbers, they seem exceptionally low.

We already know made hate crimes are never reported. Ford notes that several large cities did not report at all last year.

Image via Pronews 7 video



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{ 1 comment }

midwest_lawyer December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

These statistics are notoriously terrible. I think they are pretty accurate for comparing the different categories (race v. religion, violent crime v. property damage), but give good no impression of the overall number. I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason the number went down was that some of the administrators whose job it was to collect these statistics have been fired/retired.

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