After Jews, Sikhs Among Most Targeted For Hate Crimes: FBI
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – A total of 1,005 hate crimes related to religion were reported in 2021 in the US with Sikhs being among the most targeted religious groups, according to statistics revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Incidents related to religion comprised 14.2 percent of incidents, the Hate Crime Statistics revealed.
The largest categories of religion-based crime included anti-Jewish incidents at 31.9 percent followed by anti-Sikh incidents at 21.3 percent.
While anti-Muslims accounted for 9.5 percent of religion-based hate crimes, anti-Catholic incidents accounted for 6.1 percent.
Overall, law enforcement agencies reported 7,262 total incidents and 9,024 victims, demonstrating that hate crimes remain a concern for communities across the country.
The overall number of agencies reporting decreased to 11,834, from 15,138 in 2021, so data cannot reliably be compared across years.
According to the 2021 data, 64.8 percent of victims were targeted because of the offender’s bias toward race/ethnicity/ancestry, which continues to be the largest bias motivation category.
Anti-Black or African American hate crimes continued to be the largest bias incident category, with 63.2 percent of all single-bias incidents in 2021.
Additionally, anti-Asian incidents represented 4.3 percent of incidents reported in 2021, the statistics revealed.
Together, incidents related to sexual orientation and gender identity represented 19.7 percent of all single-bias cases reported in 2022.