FBI undercounted 2020 hate crimes including against LGBTQ and Asians

Mon. October 25, 2021 6:46 PM by Gerald Farinas

20 percent of hate crimes were against lgbtq

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20 percent of single-bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation bias; anti-Asian hate crimes saw biggest spike

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) changed its 2020 hate crime statistics, noting that there was an undercount in the original August 2021 report. The statistics are based on data gathered from 15,138 law enforcement agencies.

"There were 8,052 single-bias incidents involving 11,126 victims," Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program announced.

According to the statistics, 20 percent were victimized because of the offenders' sexual orientation bias while 0.7 percent were victimized because of the offenders' gender bias.

61.8 percent were victims targeted because of the offenders' race, ethnicity, and ancestry biases.

Specifically anti-Asian hate crimes skyrocketed from 2019 to 2020. The increase was 76 percent.

13.3 percent were targeted because of the offenders' religious bias.

"There were 211 multiple-bias hate crime incidents that involved 346 victims," UCR continued.

The report also concluded that over 50 percent of the offenders were white.

Statistics are only based on reported incidents. There are many more unreported incidents as victims choose to not call police after their respective incidents for various reasons.

The term "hate crime" is specific to crimes against a federal protected class like specific minority races like Blacks, Latinx, Hispanics, and Asians, minority religions like Jews, Muslims, and Sikhs, and sexual minorities like LGBTQ persons.