African Americans Main Target of Hate Crimes

By bias motivation (Based on Table 1.)

An analysis of data for victims of single-bias hate crime incidents showed that:

  • 58.9 percent of the victims were targeted because of the offenders’ bias against race/ethnicity/ancestry.
  • 21.1 percent were victimized because of bias against religion.
  • 16.7 percent were targeted because of bias against sexual orientation.
  • 1.7 percent were victims of gender-identity bias.
  • 1.0 percent were targeted because of bias against disability.
  • 0.5 percent (36 individuals) were victims of gender bias.

Further examination of these bias categories showed the following details: 

Racial/Ethnicity/Ancestry bias (Based on Table 1.)

Among single-bias hate crime incidents in 2016, there were 4,426 victims of race/ethnicity/ancestry motivated hate crime.

  • 50.2 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Black or African American bias.
  • 20.5 percent were victims of anti-White bias.
  • 10.9 percent were victims of anti-Hispanic or Latino bias.
  • 4.3 percent were victims of bias against a group of individuals in which more than one race was represented (anti-multiple races, group).
  • 3.8 percent were victims of anti-American Indian or Alaska Native bias.
  • 3.1 percent were victims of anti-Asian bias.
  • 1.3 percent were victims of anti-Arab bias.
  • 0.2 percent (9 individuals) were victims of anti-Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander bias.
  • 5.7 percent were victims of anti-Other Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry bias.

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