The report revealed an increase in hate crimes that are predominantly race or sexual orientation related.
The FBI’s annual crime report showed an alarming spike in the number of hate crimes since 2017.
Countless news reports reflect the increase in hate crimes over the past year. Most recently, a Black woman was stabbed on a subway by a white man and called a “Black b***h.”
According to NBC News, the report revealed an increase in hate crimes that are predominantly race or sexual orientation related.
In 2016, 6,121 crimes were reported versus 7,175 bias crimes in 2017 that targeted 8,493 victims. This 17 percent increase includes 59.6 percent of crimes based on race and the other 35 percent on religion and sexual orientation. The Baltimore Sun stated the data breaks down the crimes by race and shows the top bias is geared toward African Americans, rising by 16 percent alone.
Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Doron Ezickson shared with The Sun that he believes the spread of white nationalism has contributed to the acts.
“It is clear that hateful rhetoric and speech leads to hate crimes,” Ezickson said.
“When it is allowed or normalized in our public square without condemnation, especially from our leaders, it gives a green light to keep spouting it — and acting on it. This FBI report confirms this, and Maryland is no exception,” he continued.
The Sun noted that police typically underreport hate crimes. In data collected last year by the news publication, they found a 35 percent increase in hate-bias reports by Maryland law enforcement agencies alone.
Since Trump’s first year in office, the president has done little to speak out against hate crimes and white supremacists.
The NAACP shared a tweet about the data calling it an “urgent crisis” that needs to be addressed immediately by the Senate.