The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released new statistics showing a dramatic rise of nearly 17 percent in hate crimes for the third consecutive year in 2017.
In an annual report published on Tuesday, the US federal government revealed that there were a total of 7,175 cases of hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in 2016, with more incidents motivated by racial, ethnic and religious bias than in previous years.
The FBI said almost 60 percent of crimes in the single-bias incident category, meaning the perpetrators were motivated by only one factor, were motivated by a person’s race, with African-Americans being by far the most targeted.
There was also a nearly 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes in 2017, with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to the FBI.
The report indicated that attacks against Jewish people accounted for 58.1 percent of crimes motivated by anti-religious bias last year, a…