Data shows that crimes targeting black people and people of Asian descent increased by 6 percent from 2019.
The number of hate crimes in the United States rose to its highest level in more than a decade last year, driven by an increase in attacks targeting black victims and victims of Asian descent, the FBI reported:.
The 2020 data submitted to the FBI by more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies across the country identified 7,759 hate crimes in 2020, a 6 percent increase from 2019 and the highest number since 2008, according to Monday’s report.
The FBI data showed that crimes against black people rose to 2,755 from 1,930 and incidents against Asians jumped from 158 to 274.
Of the 7,426 hate crimes classified as crimes against people, as opposed to crimes against property, 53.4 percent were for harassment, 27.6 percent for simple assault and 18.1 percent for aggravated assault. Twenty-two murders and 19 rapes were reported as hate crimes.
The US Department of Justice has warned that: white racist groups represent an increasing security threat after the deadly January 6th attack on the United States Capitol.
At the same time, there have also been reports of hate-inspired attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), spurred on by what many believe were President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments blaming the COVID-19. pandemic on China.
Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that became the authority for data collection on racially motivated attacks related to the pandemic, received 9,081 incident reports between March 19, 2020 and June. There were 4,548 of these last year and 4,533 this year. Since the coronavirus was first reported in China, people of AAPI descent have been scapegoated solely on the basis of their race.
Lawmakers, activists and community groups have backed off against the wave of attacks. There have been numerous social media campaigns, bystander training and public gatherings. In May, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, speeding up Department of Justice assessments of anti-Asian hate crimes and making federal grants available.
In May, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland outlined new steps to help state and local law enforcement track and… investigating hate crimes, which have historically been an underreported crime to the FBI by local law enforcement, called on the department to expedite the assessment of potential hate crimes.