The good news: hate crimes were down by 6%. The interesting news: “The majority of those incidents—46.9 percent—were racially motivated, followed by 20.8 percent motivated by sexual orientation and 19.8 percent motivated by religion. Incidents of religious bias had previously outnumbered incidents of sexual-orientation bias since at least 1995…”  Things that surprised me: how few hate crimes there are overall, how much greater anti-Jewish animus is than anti-any other religion, and how much more prevalent racial hostility is than any other category.

For the First Time, Hate Crimes Against Gays Outnumber Those Against Religion: Religious bias had outnumbered sexual-orientation bias since at least 1995.

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