Racism is Alive in NH: Hate Crimes Spike from 2015 to 2016

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The new report showed a slight uptick in anti-Islamic and anti-Jewish hate crimes, which together made up 79 percent of reported hate crimes in which religion was the primary factor.

The number of hate crimes committed in 2016 increased from the year before, according to a review released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, reports Xinhua news agency.

Over the past year, HRC has been calling on the Trump administration to do more to respond to hate crimes.

Among the racially-motivated crimes, over one-half were directed at members of the African-American community.

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The report differentiated between crimes against trans Americans and those who are gender-nonconforming: Anti-trans crimes increased from 73 to 105 between 2015 and 2016, a jump of almost 43%. Of the 6,121 incidents reported, 1,076 were based on sexual orientation bias and 124 were based on gender identity bias.

Earlier this month, the ADL said the first nine months of 2017 saw a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents compared to the same period of 2016. But he said part of the reason San Leandro may have ranked so high this year is that his officers are told to classify incidents as hate crimes in cases that may not initially have been motivated by bigotry, but which involved a racial slur, misogynist comment, or homophobic remark. Anti-white bias was the next largest category, making up 20.7 percent. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

Civil-rights groups say hate crimes are under-reported.

In April, the Anti-Defamation League reported 1,266 anti-Semitic incidents in 2016, a 35 percent increase from 2015.

"We have all witnessed the anger and prejudice that characterized last year's election season, and that is growing nationwide in the current political environment", said Corey Saylor, director of CAIR's National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

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