Hate Crimes Are on the Rise in America’s Biggest Cities, Study Finds
A comprehensive new study has found that the number of reported hate crimes in America’s biggest cities shot up in 2016, with all but one of the country’s five largest hubs netting double-digit percentage increases, Huffington Post reports.
Professor Brian Levin of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism authored the study and culled hate crime data from law enforcement agencies in 31 major cities and counties. Levin found that of the country’s five largest metropolises—Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston—only Houston failed to see hate crime incidents increase by a double-digit percentage. That figure shot up by 20 percent in Chicago, 24 percent in New York City, 15 percent in Los Angeles, and 50 percent in Philadelphia from 2015 to 2016. In Washington, DC, the number of reported hate crimes spiked by 62 percent last year—the largest increase of any US city surveyed.
Levin coupled his data on the country’s largest cities with a separate set of data from 13 states, and found the results were “nearly identical.” In all, the study found that the nation saw a roughly five percent increase in reported hate crimes from 2015 to 2016—from 3,705 to 3,887. Because the number of reported US incidents rose seven percent from 2014 to 2015, last year marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of reported hate crimes increased two years in a row.