Hate crimes against Asians rose by 76% in 2020 – FBI
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hate crimes against Asians rose by 76% in 2020 – FBI

/ 08:26 AM October 28, 2021
A protest against surging anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. REUTERS

A protest against surging anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. REUTERS

Newly republished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that hate crimes against people of Asian descent rose by 76% in 2020.

The republication corrects previous FBI data issued in August, which were incomplete due to a technical problem in Ohio’s reporting system that has now been fixed.

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Reported hate crime incidents in 2020 against persons of Asian descent numbered 279; there were 158 reported incidents in 2019.

More than 60% of hate crimes in the United States were carried out because of the victim’s race, according to the newly released FBI data.

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Jay Greenberg, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division, told ABC News that most

hate crimes are directed at African Americans, but there was an uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19.

In total, there were 8,052 single-bias incidents — crimes motivated by one type of bias — involving 11,126 victims. Comparatively, there were 7,103 single-bias incidents involving 8,552 victims in 2019.

The FBI said 20% of the hate crimes targeted a person’s sexual orientation and 13% of the hate crimes that occurred in 2020 were due to religious bias.

More than half of the offenders were white, and 21% of the offenders were African American.

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