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Hate crimes against Latinos rose in 2019 pushing overall figure to highest in a decade

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  • Overall, the FBI tallied 7,314 reports of hate crimes in 2019, an increase from the 7,120 the previous year.
  • Hate crimes aimed at Latinos, including assaults, robberies and other crimes, increased nearly 9 percent last year.
  • Nearly half of the 51 hate-motivated killings reported last year were attributed to the August 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart. The gunman behind the attack was motivated by hatred toward Latinos.

Reported hate crimes against Latinos rose in 2019 pushing the overall number of hate crimes in the U.S. to the highest level in more than a decade, according to an FBI report released Monday. 

The report also said 2019 saw the highest number of hate-motivated killings, 51, since the FBI began collecting such data in the 1990s. 


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The spike in such homicides was largely attributed to the August 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 23 people dead, most of which were Latinos. Authorities said the gunman behind the attack was motivated by hatred toward Latinos and aimed to scare Hispanics into leaving the U.S. 

Hate crimes aimed at Latinos, including assaults, robberies and other crimes, increased nearly 9 percent last year. At least 527 incidents were reported from 485 hate crime reports in 2018. 

Meanwhile, hate crimes targeting Jewish people and institutions rose by 7 percent while hate crimes against Black people fell slightly by less than 1 percent from 1,943 to 1,930. 

Overall, the FBI tallied 7,314 reports of hate crimes in 2019, an increase from the 7,120 the previous year. It’s the highest figure since 2008 when 7,783 reports of hate crimes were recorded around the country. 

More than 57 percent of the reported hate crime incidents were motivated by bias against race, ethnicity and ancestry, while another 20 percent were motivated by religion and 16.7 percent were motivated against sexual orientation.


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