Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation released data on hate crimes reported in 2018 through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
Behind 2017, 2018 showed the second highest rate of reported hate crimes in the past decade, and one of the most violent years on record. African Americans have historically been the most frequent victims of hate crimes, and 2018 was no exception. Anti-African American/Black hate crimes were again a plurality of reported incidents.
President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke stated, “The 2018 hate crime data show an alarming trend of violence and hate targeting communities across the country. With the hateful rhetoric and policies stemming from the bully pulpit of the presidency, there is no doubt that our communities are in danger.” She continued, “We at the Lawyers’ Committee are using every tool in our arsenal to fight the scourge of violent white supremacy.”