FBI report, Jews and Sikhs the most targeted religious groups for hate crimes in the US – FBI report, Jews and Sikhs the most targeted religious groups for hate crimes in the US

by Ana Lopez

Jews and Sikhs were the two most frequently targeted religious groups in hate-motivated violence in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in its annual roundup of nationwide incidents in 2021.

According to FBI data for the year 2021, 64.8 percent of victims were targeted because of offender bias toward race/ethnicity/race, which continues to be the largest bias motivation category. A total of 1,005 hate crimes related to religion were reported in 2021. Anti-Muslims account for 9.5 percent of religion-based hate crimes. Anti-Catholic incidence is 6.1 percent and anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, other) 6.5 percent. Read international news here.

Jews and Sikhs were the two most frequently targeted religious groups in hate-motivated violence in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in its annual roundup of nationwide incidents in 2021.

A total of 1,005 religion-related hate crimes were reported in 2021, the report said. The largest categories of religion-based crime were anti-Jewish incidents at 31.9 percent, followed by anti-Sikh incidents at 21.3 percent. Anti-Muslims account for 9.5 percent of religion-based hate crimes. Anti-Catholic incidence is 6.1 percent and anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, other) 6.5 percent.

The FBI said law enforcement agencies reported a total of 7,262 incidents and 9,024 victims, indicating that hate crime is a concern for communities across the country.

The overall number of reporting agencies fell to 11,834 from 15,138 in 2021, so data cannot be reliably compared across years, it said. According to FBI data for the year 2021, 64.8 percent of victims were targeted because of offender bias toward race/ethnicity/race, which continues to be the largest bias motivation category.

Anti-Black or African American hate crimes continue to be the largest category of bias incident, with 63.2 percent of all single-bias incidents in 2021. Additionally, anti-Asian incidents represented 4.3 percent of reported incidents in 2021.

The other largest categories of hate crimes include anti-Hispanic or Latino incidents, with 6.1 percent of incidents, and anti-white incidents with 13.4 percent of incidents.

(with PTI inputs)

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