Hate crimes rose again in 2016

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Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today.

Wisconsin reported 34 hate crimes a year ago.

According to the Huffington Post digital portal, these data show that for the first time in a decade the country experienced consecutive annual increases in the number of crimes of that nature.

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released Monday.

Anti-transgender hate crime jumped by 44 percent, anti-Arab incidents surged by 38 percent, anti-Muslim hate crime rose 19.5 percent, anti-white hate crime increased 17.5 percent, and anti-Latino hate-motivated incidents jumped by 15 percent.

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against.

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The FBI further said hate crimes remain the number one priority for their civil rights unit.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Sessions said in a statement.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, anti-Islamic hate crimes, and anti-Catholic hate crimes all saw various increases in 2016.

These statistics suggest that the most vulnerable target for racial hate crimes in 2016 were not racial minority groups, but white Americans.

Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported.