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World News | Jews and Sikhs are faith groups most targeted by US hate crimes


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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (PTI) — Jews and Sikhs are the two most targeted religious groups in hate-motivated crimes in the United States in 2021, according to the FBI’s annual compilation of incidents across the country.

A total of 1,005 religion-related hate crimes were reported in 2021, the FBI said.

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The largest category of religion-based crimes included anti-Semitic incidents at 31.9 percent, followed by anti-Sikh incidents at 21.3 percent. Anti-Muslims accounted for 9.5 percent of religion-based hate crimes. Anti-Catholic incidents accounted for 6.1%, and anti-Orthodox (Russian, Greek, other) incidents accounted for 6.5%.

Overall, law enforcement agencies reported 7,262 incidents and 9,024 victims, the FBI said, suggesting hate crimes remain a concern in communities across the country.

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It said the total number of reporting institutions fell to 11,834 from 15,138 in 2021, making it impossible to reliably compare data across years.

According to FBI 2021 data, 64.8% of victims were targeted because of criminal bias based on race/ethnicity/ancestry, which remains the largest bias motivation category.

Anti-Black or African-American hate crimes remain the largest category of bias incidents, accounting for 63.2% of all single-bias incidents in 2021. Additionally, anti-Asian incidents accounted for 4.3 percent of reported incidents in 2021.

The other largest categories of hate crimes included anti-Hispanic or Latino incidents, which accounted for 6.1 percent of incidents, and anti-white incidents, which accounted for 13.4 percent of incidents.

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