Hate Crimes Up In Minnesota In 2016

Council on American Islamic Relations
There was nearly a 20 percent increase in anti Muslim incidents in 2016 according to the FBI

Council on American Islamic Relations There was nearly a 20 percent increase in anti Muslim incidents in 2016 according to the FBI

The data released Monday by the federal law enforcement agency show there were 684 anti-Semitic hate crime incidents a year ago, a 3 percent increase from the 664 recorded by the FBI in 2015. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent).

In incidents where the perpetrators were identified, the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that about 58% of crimes were motivated by the victims' race, ethnicity or ancestry. These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

Hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals also went up from previous years.

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately a year ago, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Several civil rights groups believe that hate crimes increased a year ago, in part, because people were energized by the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric President Trump used when he was on the campaign trail.

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Crimes against Muslims accounted for about 25 percent of religious-based hate crimes.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has documented 917 hate groups that are now operating in the United States, believes that Trump has impacted the rise in hate crimes.

However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016.

"Rhetoric becomes physical violence unless you do something to change it". The Anti-Defamation League attributed 34 hate crimes to the election alone.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

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