Friday, November 23, 2007

FBI report on Hate Crimes

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Just three days after a Washington, D.C., march calling for the U.S. Justice Department to do more in addressing hate crimes and racial injustice in America, the FBI on Monday released a report showing that hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent last year.

More than half of those crimes were motivated by racial prejudice, the report stated.

Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical or mental disability. That was up 7.8 percent from 7,163 incidents reported in 2005.

We need to stop the madness. We have to live on this earth together. You ever put toddlers in a sandbox, all ethinic groups, shapes, sizes, with lots of toys. What do they do? They play. If they have fights, it is about possession. Not about skin color, eye color, religious affliation, political affliation, ect.

Let the madness stop.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The FBI report showed a 7 percent increase in anti-white hate crimes and a 0.04 percent increase in anti-black hate crimes. Of the 7,330 hate crime offenders listed in the FBI report, 3,957 committed racially motivated hate crimes. This means that 0.0013 percent of Americans committed racially motivated hate crimes. If racially motivated hate crimes were reliable indicators of racial prejudice in society, we could conclude that more than 99.9 percent of Americans are free of racial bias.

Civil rights leaders have criticized the FBI hate crime report for grossly underestimating the number of hate crimes. The much more comprehensive Justice Department study, also released this month, lists 190,000 hate crimes per year compared to just 7,722 hate crimes in the FBI report. The Justice Department statistics show that whites and Hispanics are more likely to be victims of hate crimes than blacks: "Per capita rates of hate crime victimization varied little by race or ethnicity: about 0.9 per 1,000 whites, 0.7 percent blacks, and 0.9 percent Hispanics."

The Justice Department study lumps non-Hispanic whites and Hispanic together as whites in determining offender status. The survey states that whites (including Hispanics) make up only 43 percent of hate crime offenders, even though they make up nearly 80 percent of the population. It identifies 38.8 percent of hate crime offenders as black, even though blacks make up only about 13 percent of the population. By contrast, the FBI numbers identified 58.6 percent of hate crimes offenders as white and 20.6 percent of hate crime offenders as black. According the Justice Department study, 'About 4 in 10 white hate crime victims indicated that the offenders were white, and the same proportion reported the offenders to have been black. The small number of black hate crime victims precludes analysis of the race of persons who victimized them."

Violence between races not reported as hate crimes is a much more serious problem than racially motivated hate crimes. According to the FBI unified crime report, for example, there were three racially motivated murders during 2006. However, 573 of the 3,709 whites murdered in 2006 were murdered by blacks, while 208 of the 3,304 blacks murdered during the same year were murdered by whites.