Hate crime against Muslims rise by 67%

Reported crimes against Muslims increased 67 percent from 154 incidents in 2014 to 257 in 2015. This marks a 31 percent increase over 2015.

The number has not been that high since 2001, which saw 481 incidents against Muslims.

Paradoxically, more reported cases of hate crime can also be seen as a sign of progress: generally, in both the USA and the United Kingdom, hate crimes are under-reported, as victims are not sure whether to report verbal or physical attacks against them to the police, or even how to do so.

For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation analyzes incidents reported in 2015, but it wasn't until late in the year that Trump's candidacy really took off, so one would be hard pressed to explain why the increase could be attributable to Trump.

Of the 4,482 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons, intimidation accounted for 41.3 percent of those offenses, while 37.8 percent involved simple assault and 19.7 percent involved aggravated assault. They represented more than half of all those reported.

The number of incidents involving anti-Asian sentiments also dipped to 6 this year from 9 last year.

"For 18 months, the man has been attacking minorities around this country saying incredibly ugly things about them and in fact encouraging violence against protesters at his own rallies", Potok said.

A total of 2,125 offenses were committed against blacks while whites fell victim in the second largest hate crime demographic slot, with a total of 734 offenses.

The FBI report says 48 percent of the violators were white and 24 percent were black. Those incidents include crimes based on race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. About 1 percent of victims faced disability bias, while 0.4 percent were targeted because of gender bias.

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The following reports were collected through news reports, social media, and direct submissions via SPLC's #ReportHate page.

Most of the intimidation was directed at immigrants, according to the SPLC's website.

"It's kind of a very tense time for the American Muslim community and people are really anxious about the future".

Michelle Obama was described as an "ape in heels" by one non-profit group director, who claims the comparison was not meant to be racist. According to her post, several other commuters on the bus told the couple to stop, which only angered them more and prompted the woman to tug at Nizam's hijab while yelling for her to "take it off".

Within the state, 15 hate incidents were identified in New York City since election night, the center said.

"I am so saddened to hear that", Trump said. "And I say, "Stop it.' If it - if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: 'Stop it'".

As a candidate, President-elect Donald Trump was accused of fueling xenophobia and Islamophobia, using words some people have echoed as validation to carry out hateful crimes.

We'd like to amend our suggestion: President Obama should still visit Garden City, Kansas, but even more important, President-elect Trump should go with him. "They want to get their message out there one way or the other...and if it's going to hurt somebody, then they have succeeded".

  • Archie Newman