FBI Releases 2010 Hate Crimes Data; Numbers Hold Steady

The FBI released hate crimes data for 2010 earlier today, and the numbers of hate crimes
reported has held steady since 2009.

Religion-based hate crimes accounted for 20% of the total (a slight uptick from 2009’s
19.7%), behind racially motivated crimes.

As in past years, however, religiously motivated crimes led the pack in some states, including
New York.

 
Numerically, religiously motivated crimes accounted for 1,409 reported offenses, broken down
as follows:
  • 65.4 percent anti-Jewish.
  • 13.2 percent anti-Islamic.
  • 9.5 percent anti-other religion, i.e., those not specified.
  • 4.3 percent anti-Catholic.
  • 3.8 percent anti-multiple religions, group.
  • 3.3 percent anti-Protestant. 
  • 0.5 percent anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
Anti-Semitic crimes remain the most prevalent of those reported. However, there is a slight
shift from 2009, where 70% of religiously motivated crimes were anti-Jewish and only 9%
were anti-Islamic.