Below is the list of states with the number of hate crimes per 100,000 people (Hawaii wasn't included in their list).
|District of Columbia||11.14|
The rates are based on the number of incidents and the populations covered as reported by individual law enforcement agencies to the FBI. That's key, and it could distort the numbers. Also the FBI discourages people against ranking locales and agencies for a variety of reasons, some of which seem reasonable, and some of which seem like they're trying to cover their asses. (So yeah, I'm doing exactly what they're telling me not to do.) Here's a copy of their table, and this is a copy showing how I calculated the rate per 100,000.
What's going on? Why do these numbers completely clash with our picture of hate crimes in America? Is this a fault of how the statistics are compiled - of what they leave out - or something we don't get about hate crimes? I'm going to crunch the numbers for other years to see if the trends hold up and try to figure out what's going on in the states where the numbers are highest and lowest. We need a better understanding of how and why hate crimes happen, and I think this mismatch is a good place to start.
Some things that are clear, and easy to understand.
Of the 2013 hate crimes, 49.3 percent were targeted because of race, 20.2 were targeted because of sexual orientation, and 16.9 percent were targeted because of religion.
Two thirds (66.5 percent) of the racially-motivated hate crimes were anti-African American.
Almost all (98 percent) of the hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation were motivated by hatred of gay or bisexual people, with some crimes including an additional hatred of transgender people.
Sixty percent of religious hate crimes were motivated by hatred of Jews, and 14 percent were motivated by hatred of Muslims.
In the coming year you're going to continue to hear people on the right complain that the "real victims" of discrimination are straight, white, Christian men. That's not, and never has been, true.
UPDATE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has a state-by-state map of active hate groups. I've compared the numbers of these groups to population to come up with a similar per capita ranking. Yes, I'm comparing apples and oranges. But I want to see if two different methodologies show any overlap. And they do - The nation's capital is the number one, by a wide margin, on both lists. New Jersey and West Virginia both rank in the top 10. There's a lot to investigate here. We'll have more.
Here are the states, with the number of hate groups per 100,000 people (by 2013 US Census figures).
|District of Columbia||2.48|
THE BLACK BOOK OF CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORIES is about faith and loss, and a haunted house hidden so well you didn't notice you'd been living there your whole life. BUY IT HERE.