Aug 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

FBI report shows hate crimes at highest level in 20 years

Signs from a protest with slogans like "BLM" and "Stop asian hate"

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Hate crimes rose to their highest level in 20 years in the 2020 fiscal year, with attacks on Black and Asian people driving much of the increase, per the FBI.

Why it matters: This is the sixth time in seven years the number of hate crimes has risen, the Washington Post notes.

Details: The number of anti-Black hate crimes went up from 1,930 to 2,871, an increase of about 43%, while the number of anti-Asian hate crimes went up from 158 to 279, an increase of about 77%, per the FBI.

  • The total number of hate crimes increased from 7,287 to 8,263, about a 13% increase.
  • Attacks against white people increased 30%, while reported attacks on Jewish people decreased.

Driving the news: In May, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law, which is meant to help law enforcement better identify anti-Asian hate. There's been a rise in anti-Asian attacks since the start of the pandemic.

Of note: Groups, like Stop AAPI Hate, have noted that anti-Asian hate crimes are notoriously difficult to count and the FBI is likely undercounting the true number.

  • Stop AAPI Hate reported 6,603 hate incidents from March 2020 to March 2021, an increase from 3,795 the same time the previous year.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new statistics on total number of hate crimes, anti-Black hate crimes, anti-Asian hate crimes and attacks against white people, based on an update released by the FBI. Its original report had only partial 2020 data for Ohio.

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