Statistics indicate a rise in crimes motivated by prejudice against race, religion and sexual orientation
People demonstrate at the ‘Stop Asian Hate March and Rally’ in Koreatown on March 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California © Mario Tama/Getty Images
Hate crimes in the United States have continued to rise sharply and have now reached their highest level since records began, according to data from 2021 analyzed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which was released on Monday.
Overall, 9,065 hate crimes were recorded in 2021, compared to 8,120 in 2020, marking a rise of 12%.
Initial data appeared to suggest that there had been a drop in hate crimes until numbers from some of the most populous cities including New York and Los Angeles were factored in.
“We are in a unique and disturbing era where hate crimes overall stay elevated for longer, punctuated by broken records,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino, told Associated Press.