US Victims of Hate Crimes in 2007 Crosses a Shocking 9500: FBI

by Hannah Punitha on Oct 28 2008 4:10 PM

More than 9,500 people in the United States were victims last year of hate crimes targeted because of their skin color, religious belief, sexual orientation or ethnic origins, the FBI said Monday.

More than half of the 9,527 victims of hate crimes committed in the United States last year were attacked because of their race, and seven out of 10 of those victims were black Americans, the FBI report said.

Around 18 percent of racially motivated hate crimes were against white victims.

The race of identified perpetrators of all the 9,006 hate crimes committed last year was almost the mirror opposite of the profiles of the victims: around 63 percent of the offenders were white and around 21 percent were black.

The race of 10 percent of offenders was unknown and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders, the report said.

Attacks motivated by a person's religion or sexual orientation each accounted for around 16 percent of hate crimes, while 14 percent of hate crimes were motivated by the victim's ethnic origins.

Jews were the most targeted in hate crimes motivated by religion, making up around seven in 10 victims, while male homosexuals were the largest victim-group in attacks on people because of their sexual orientation, comprising just under 60 percent of victims.

Latinos made up around 60 percent of the 1,347 victims attacked because of their ethnicity.

Most of the data was statistically unchanged from the previous year, but Muslims represented about eight percent of victims attacked because of their religion, a decline from the 12 percent of victims of religion-motivated hate crimes in 2006.

Just under half the hate crimes committed in 2007 were acts of intimidation (47 percent). Around 30 percent were simple assaults and 20 percent aggravated assaults.

Nine murders were reported as hate crimes, the report said.

The statistics used in the report were submitted by police departments in many but not all of the US states, and represent about 86 percent of the US population.