The United States Federal Police (FBI, for its acronym in English) reported this Monday that hate crimes grew twice in 2019 compared to the previous year’s figures, especially those perpetrated by white supremacists.
“Massive single-assailant domestic terrorist attacks by white supremacists have become increasingly deadly,” said the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSUSB) at San State University. Bernardino, in California, after analyzing the FBI data.
The FBI recorded 7,314 hate crimes in 2019, an increase of 51 percent from the previous year. 53 percent of these crimes were committed by white people, while 24 percent were carried out by black or African-American citizens.
Although hate crimes against black citizens decreased, they remain the main target of this type of attack, as explained by the CSUSB, which in turn details how crimes against the Jewish community reached record numbers with 953, the figure highest since 2008.
With these figures, 2019 is the year with the highest number of hate crimes recorded in more than a decade, according to the figures that the state police agencies themselves send each year to the FBI.
For its part, the CSUSB has indicated that the mass shooting that took place during the month of August 2019 in the border city of El Paso, in the state of Texas, against the Latino community, which left 22 dead, has It was the deadliest hate attack of the last decade, when the FBI began recording such attacks.
The FBI defines these types of crimes as those that are committed against a person or property for “racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and identity prejudice,” as can be read on its website.