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11 facts about hate crimes

1:A “hate crime” is targeted criminal activity, usually motivated by prejudice based on perceived personal characteristics of the victims. These motivations may include race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

2:In the US 6,222 hate crime incidents involving 7,254 offenses were reported in 2011.

3:Out of 6,216 crimes reported: 47% were racially motivated, 21% resulted from sexual-orientation bias, 20% were motivated by religious bias,12% stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias, and less than 1% (0.9%) was prompted by disability bias.

4:At least 8 black people, 3 white people, 3 gay people, 3 Jewish people, and 1 Latino person become hate crime victims every day. Host a poetry slam to start a discussion about racism. Sign up for Mic Check Racism .

5:Every hour in the United States somebody commits a hate crime.

6:Half of all the hate crimes in the nation are committed by people between the ages of 15 and 24.

7:The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 gives the FBI authority to investigate violent hate crimes, including violence directed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

8:Hate crimes stem from a learned behavior of hatred. Inherent hate for a whole group of people for no particular reason other than one’s own bias is not something people are born with.

9:Every week a cross is burned somewhere.

1041 states and the District of Columbia have laws against hate crimes.

11:Hate crimes simultaneously victimize a specific individual and members of the group at large.

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