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FBI Hate Crime Statistics

According to the FBI, last month, two men were sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Kansas City, Missouri man in cold blood because of the color of his skin.

It happened in March 2005, when the pair drove past an African-American walking to work and fired shots at him. They missed, so they drove around the block, caught up with him again, and fired a second time. This time, the man was struck in the chest and killed.

It was a hate crime, pure and simple—a traditional crime (in this case, murder) motivated by bias. Hate crimes like these are a sad reality for our country, and each year, the FBI crunches a lot of numbers to get our arms around these crimes as relayed to us by thousands of our law enforcement partners nationwide. Our hope is that by publishing the who, what, when, and where of these statistics for law enforcement, communities, criminologists, civic groups, government leaders, academics, and the media, we as a nation can better understand this scourge and develop preventative strategies and training courses to address it.

This year’s report—Hate Crime Statistics 2007, now posted online—continues that mission. Overall, 7,624 hate crime incidents involving 9,006 offenses were reported to us—incidents that involved bias towards a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability. The report goes into a great deal of interesting detail, but here’s a breakdown of some key numbers:


  • 52 percent were targeted because of their race
  • 17.1 percent were targeted because of their religious belief
  • 15.9 were targeted because of their sexual orientation
  • 14.1 were targeted because of their ethnicity/nation origin


  • Of crimes against persons, nine people were murdered and two were raped
  • Intimidation accounted for 47.4 percent of crimes against persons
  • Simple assaults accounted for 31.1 percent
  • Aggravated assaults accounted for 20.6 percent

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