FBI Data: Almost 20 Percent Of 2016 Race Hate Crimes Were ‘Anti-White’

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Almost one fifth of racial hate crimes during 2016 were committed due to “anti-white bias,” according to FBI data.

The FBI released its annual report on hate crime data for 2016, revealing that 4,229 single-bias hate crime offenses were done on the basis of race.

Of the 4,229 offenses, 20.7 percent were carried out due to “anti-white bias” in 2016, the FBI noted. Anti white bias offenses also increased 19 percent  from 2015 to 2016. Seven hundred and thirty four anti white bias offenses were committed in 2015, while 876 were committed in 2016, according to FBI data.

Hispanics saw the second highest increase (18 percent) in hate crime offenses from 2015 to 2015. Three hundred and seventy nine hate crimes were classified as anti-Hispanic/Latino in 2015 ,compared to the 449 that were committed in 2016.

“Anti-Black or African bias” still made up the overwhelming majority of cases of racial hate crime offenses in America. Over fifty percent of the hate crime offenses in 2016 were done out of anti-black bias, the FBI said in its report. Anti black bias offenses went down slightly from 2015 to 2016–2,125 in 2015 and 2,122 in 2016.

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