Media Ignores Key Hate Crime Facts

March 1st, 2019 | T. Carter
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I will make this as quick as possible without too much commentary or opinion. These are the hate crimes in America reported by the FBI for 2017. There are some surprising facts hidden in the details that most media refuses to talk about, so we will talk about it here. Hidden in the details, you will see things the mainstream media isn't just trying to ignore, but trying to distort for the sake of identity politics.

In 2017, there were 7,106 incidents of hate in America and of those 7,106 incidents, 58% were motivated by race or ethnicity. 22% were motivated by religion, 16% by sexual orientation and less than 2% by gender identity. The full statistics compiled by the FBI for 2017 and referenced here can be read at this link.

Now let us break down the numbers and facts hidden inside of these statistics.


49% of hate crimes driven by race were anti-black and directed against America's black population. 17% were anti-white and directed against white Americans. To add perspective to all of this, we have to factor in some more statistics on race.

Whites are a majority in America, making up 76% of the population, including Hispanic whites. Blacks make up below 13% of the population in America at 12.4%. When new immigrant blacks are included, the number rises to 14%. 55% of blacks live in Southern states and whites are scattered across America.

The highest number of hate crimes in 2017 happened in California, with 1,094. The second highest was New York, with 552. Shockingly, the third highest was Washington state, with 510. Broken down as a percentage of their populations, the numbers for hate crimes look like this:

California: 0.002%

New York: 0.002%

Washington: 0.006%

When broken down to a percentage of each state's population, Washington jumps higher than California and New York. On the basis of population, hate crimes are relatively low across America, at an average total of 0.003% of state populations. With a population of around 325,000,000 as of 2017, the national numbers are similar, with hate crimes averaging 0.002% (number of incidents for each American).

In 2017 there were 325,000,000 Americans and 7,106 hate crimes reported by the FBI, which is compiled from thousands of state and federal law enforcement agencies across the country. Basically, each American faces a 0.002% chance of becoming a victim of a hate crime. Of the 42,000,000 or so blacks in America, 0.005% will become victims of a hate crime, based on the 2,300 anti-black hate crimes committed in 2017.

Of the 247,000,000 or so whites, 0.0003% will experience a hate crime, based on the 845 anti-white hate crimes committed in 2017. Those numbers are significantly lower than that of America's black population. However, there are some important caveats.

21% of offenders in 2017 were black. Blacks make up only 14% of America's population. 51% of offenders were white—whites make up 76% of America's population.

There is a significant discrepancy between those numbers when compared to the demographic and racial make-up of America. Black offenders are significantly over-represented in America's hate crime statistics. Black offenders over-represent hate crimes by 7% of their overall population, whereas whites under-represent hate crime offences by 25% of their population.

This isn't meant to imply that blacks are more racist than whites. It is only meant to add much needed perspective to statistics that are often misrepresented by mainstream media to feed a narrative that suggests there is widespread racism among white Americans.  

Sexual Orientation

3% of hate crimes in America based on sexual orientation were against heterosexuals—for being heterosexual. We should expect these numbers to be closer to zero, but they show us that hate can take on many forms in America and is not limited to homophobia.

In America, gay men are more likely than gay women to be victims of a hate crime based on their sexual orientation. 12% of anti-gay offences in 2017 were directed against women. 58% were directed against gay men. Gay men are statistically more likely, by a large margin, to experience a hate crime than lesbian women.


American Jews experience a disproportionately higher number of hate crimes in America than Muslims or any other religious group. In fact, by comparison, anti-Semitic hate crimes in America are staggering in their numbers.

The media focuses largely on anti-Muslim hate crimes, but American Jews are often ignored in their plight.

58% of hate crimes based on religious bias were directed against Jews in 2017. 18% were directed against Muslims. Less than 5%, each, were directed at other religious groups. Of the 5,000,000 Jews in America, 0.02% will experience a hate crime. That is above the 0.003% state average for all Americans and the 0.005% for blacks. Of the 3,000,000 Muslims in America, 0.01% will experience a hate crime. Those numbers, too, are much higher than what various racial groups will experience in America.


The likelihood of any American experiencing a hate crime is relatively low. The likelihood is higher for gay men and blacks, but not by significant margins. These numbers vary across states, with obvious offences and risks increasing in Southern states and states with higher populations.

Black offenders over-represent the black population in America, which does not take away from blacks also facing higher likelihoods than whites of being victims of hate crimes. Although black offenders over-represent hate crimes, blacks face a higher likelihood than whites of being victims when compared to their overall populations.

Of all the minority groups in America, Jews face the highest likelihood of experiencing a hate crime based on their identity. Muslims come close behind, but mainstream media fails to focus on anti-Semitic attacks and—in some cases—perpetuates subtle anti-Semitism using common narratives that hint at Jewish supremacy and Jewish greed.

Overall, although they have increased over the years, hate crimes are not an epidemic in America. Mainstream media too often distorts and ignores statistics that would help paint a more clear picture of hate crimes in America.