The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’ Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:
- During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.
- The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.
It’s obvious by these statistics that the report was lacking in complete information; however, a remarkably high number [approximately 21 per day] were reported in the remaining 15.3% of reporting jurisdictions.
The report indicated that over half of the hate crimes reported were based upon a person’s race, followed by religion with sexual orientation coming in 3rd:
The report goes a step further and breaks down the number of reported hate crimes by subcategory within each bias area. For example, the hate crime victim group with the most reported crimes is the “Race” category. Perhaps not surprisingly, anti-black hate crimes topped the group with 68% of hate crimes being committed against “blacks” (2,658 incidents). However, what may surprise you is that white people were “runner-up” with 19% (749 incidents) of the reported hate crimes in the Race category.
2007 Hate Crimes – Race Category:
The category with the second most hate crimes reported is “Religion.” As with race, the report breaks down hate crimes based upon which religion was assaulted.
2007 Hate Crimes – Religion Category:
These statistic tend to evidence what we should already know, antisemitism is still alarmingly prevalent in the U.S. In fact, crimes against the Jewish community outnumbered all other reported crimes in the category of religion – meaning that, if you total all other crimes against religions other than Jewish, they still don’t number as many as those against people of the Jewish faith.
The report breaks sexual orientation down into the following categories:
- Anti-Male Homosexual
- Anti-Female Homosexual
- Anti-Homosexual [generally]
It’s important to note that the report only includes three sexual orientations (lumping homosexual into one group rather than three). The reason this notation is so important is because religious groups and those opposed to hate crimes legislation have argued that there are hundreds of sexual orientations, including pedophilia. Well, here’s your government sanctioned version of what sexual orientation is: Homosexual, Heterosexual, Bisexual.
Out of the 1,265 reported hate crimes against people based upon sexual orientation, 1,221 were against homosexuals, 22 against bisexuals and 22 against heterosexuals. Notably absent in the report were crimes committed against individuals based upon gender identity.
Further, 1,007 hate crimes were reported based upon Ethnicity/National Origin and 79 hate crimes were reported against the disabled.
It is obvious from the report that hate crimes legislation is all inclusive, white, black, gay, straight, Muslim, Christian, Jewish and disabled. Because we can all be victimized by these crimes, we should all support the passing of such legislation. Hate crimes legislation is not just a gay issue, it’s a human issue.