Hate crimes remain at high levels, according to FBI report

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The number of hate crime incidents in the U.S. did not show much of a decline last year, according to FBI’s annual hate crime statistic report for 2018.

It shows that more than 7,000 hate crime incidents were reported by law enforcement agencies to the FBI. That’s only 55 fewer incidents reported in 2017.

The report shows about 60% of victims last year were targeted because of their race or ethnicity. 18.7% were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias and 16.7% were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias. 

The data released Tuesday shows that bias against African Americans overwhelmingly comprised the largest category of reported hate crime offenses pertaining to race, with a total of 46.9% of them motivated by anti-black or African American bias.

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