Detailed Findings & Methodology
Also included are the numbers of hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry — by far the most common type of hate crime. Nationwide, 57% of all reported hate crimes are motivated by race. Victims of hate crimes tend to be older, and the most likely demographic group to report hate crimes are Hispanic Americans.
The likelihood of hate crimes, as well as the probability that a particular group of people will be targeted, can track with the prevailing political climate as perceived through the narrative delivered by the media.
When public figures “take a position that you already believe in, it gives you a greater freedom to act on those beliefs,” Roman said, explaining that this is broadly true of all sorts of behaviors. In the context of hate crimes, “[I]f you see the police engaging in aggressive stops of people they perceive to be here illegally, and you feel biased toward that group, you then have greater reign to act on that belief.”
To determine the reported incidence of hate crimes in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed reported hate crimes from the FBI’s 2016 Hate Crime Statistics report. Motivation for hate crime — race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. — also came from the report. The violent crime rate — the number of incidents reported per 100,000 people — came from the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report. The number of active hate groups in each state was provided by non-profit civil rights advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center. Because no data is available for Hawaii, the state was omitted from our list.