FBI Releases Hate Crime Report

Crime is no stranger to American society, but just how much of it is considered a hate crime?

On Monday the F.B.I. released its annual report on hate crimes in the U.S.

In 2006 there were 7,720 incidents reported nationwide.

Of these 51.8% were motivated by race, 18.9% by religion, 15.5% by sexual orientation, and 12.7% were motivated by ethnicity or national origin.

It is also noted that out of the hate crimes reported 58.6% were committed by whites, 20.6% by blacks, and another 12.9% by unknown ethnicities.

So, how do the numbers break down for Arkansas and Region Eight?  From 2005 to 2006 the overall number of incidents in the state dropped from 134 to 113 reported hate crimes.

In Northeast Arkansas the numbers were also down.   In 2005, 11 cities reported hate crimes in the region, but that was down to just five in 2006, with Jonesboro, Paragould, and Trumann making the cut again. Joining the list this year were Tuckerman and Wynne.

If you look at the numbers race was the biggest hate crime in all of the cities ranging from one to five incidents apiece. Religion came in second, followed by sexual-orientation.

There were no hate crimes reported in the category of ethnicity or disabilities for 2006.

As far as those falling victim, about 60% of all hate crimes committed were against a person, while about 40% of them were against property.

And nationally, since the attacks of 9/11 hate crimes in the U.S. have gradually decreased.

As far as Missouri is concerned, no cities in our viewing area reported hate crimes in 2006.

Meanwhile, cities with larger populations seem to be the ones with more reported incidents.

For the complete report and to see how your city ranks in hate crimes simply visit the FBI's Page for Hate Crimes.

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