Hate Incidents Are Up in California

The FBI has released its annual statistics on crimes motivated by sex, race, and religion and it shows a troubling jump in California last year.

California saw 931 hate crimes in 2016, up from 837 the previous year. That’s an increase of 11.2 percent.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, pointed to the 2016 election as the key source of hate crime increases. November was the worst month of the year for attacks, he noted. In the majority of instances, the crimes were motivated by race or religion.

Nationwide, the increase was much lower (4.6 percent). Numerous groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, believe actual incidents are much higher due to underreporting.

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