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9 Facts and Statistics About America’s Hate Crimes

The United States Congress defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” The following facts and figures are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2012 annual hate crime statistics report.

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Hate Groups by the Numbers

There are 939 active hate groups in the United States – a 56 percent increase since 2000. The number of such groups surged in response to the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama,  and the economic downturn.

 

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Hate Crime Incidents 

In 2012, there were a total of 5,796 hate crime incidents nationwide, with 7,164 victims.

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