December 7, 2017
The FBI’s most recent annual report of hate crime statistics confirms that the much-hyped “backlash” against American Muslims is a myth, according to the Gatestone Institute.
The most recent FBI report does reveal a 20% increase in hate crimes against Muslims from 2015 to 2016, appearing to confirm suspicions that the presidential election sparked anti-Muslim sentiment (in fact, the report reveals that there were increases in most categories of hate crimes, but none as high as anti-Muslim crimes). But as Gatestone notes, the FBI data tell a more complex story.
Although any instances of so-called hate crimes are unacceptable, the report does not demonstrate evidence for the relentless narrative from the left and their Islamic allies in Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups like CAIR that Muslims in the United States face widespread hatred and discrimination.
First, the FBI stats alone do not show the context of the rise in hate crimes and anti-Muslim incidents. Gatestone has the details:
In 2015 the FBI changed its method of classification. Before then, ethnicity- or nationality-spurred hate crimes were designated as Hispanic or non-Hispanic. The FBI subsequently revised that classification, breaking down hate crimes into a variety of possible categories. As a result, the most recent data is misleading, making the incidents in which Arabs or Muslims were targeted appear to be more numerous than in previous years.
Secondly, the widely cited “20 percent increase” in anti-Muslim hate crimes engenders a false assumption about the actual figures. The total of reported bias incidents of any kind in 2016 was 6,121; of those, 361 were directed at Arabs or Muslims. Although even a single such incident would be one too many, in a country whose population is approximately 325 million – including millions of Arabs and/or Muslims — it is hard to argue that the…