2016 FBI data: Jews were 3X more likely than blacks, 1.5X more likely than Muslims to be a hate crime victim

NewImageWhy are hate crimes against Jews routinely not reported in the media? Especially since there are so many more of those than against Muslims or blacks (which are always reported)? 

Members of which of these groups were most likely to be a victim of a hate crime in 2016: Muslims, Blacks or Jews? Based on media coverage, you would probably have to say Muslims or Blacks. According to a Google news search for the term “hate crimes” along with the name of each of those three groups, there are131,000 resultsfor“hate crimes” + black,69,00 resultsfor“hate crimes” + Muslimsand only 32,500 resultsfor“hate crimes” + Jews. Based on news reports, you might think that blacks were four times more likely than Jews to be the victim of a hate crime and that Muslims were almost more than twice as likely to be a hate crime victim compared to Jews.

Hate crime data released today by the FBI for 2016 reveal that there were 1,739 African-American victims of hate crimes last year, 684 Jewish victims of anti-religious hate crimes and 307 Muslim hate crime victims. Adjusting for the population size of each group (42.975 million blacks in 2016 according to the Census Bureau and 5.65 million Jewsand3.88 million Muslims based on Pew Research Center data for 2015 and making estimates for 2016 based on Pew projections), thehate crime victimization rateslast year per 100,000 population of each group were12.1 for Jews,7.9 for Muslimsand4.0 for blacks(see chart above). Therefore, adjusted for population by group, American Jews were about three times more likely than blacks to be a victim of a hate crime last year, and 50% more likely than a Muslim to be a hate crime victim.

The FBI data for 2016 onanti-religion hate crimesalso reveal that of the 1,273 victims of anti-religious hate crimes last year in the US, 684 were Jewish (53.7% of the total) and 307 were Muslim (24.1% of the total). Obviously, since more than half (53.7%) of the anti-religious hate crime victims in 2016 were Jewish, there were more Jewish victims last year of anti-religious hate crimes (684) than victims ofall other religious groups combined(589). The FBI data also show that there were more hate crimes last year against Jews (684) than against gay men (675).

Without any adjustments for population, there were more than twice as many hate crimes against Jews (684) last year than there were against Muslims (307). And yet there were more than twice as many search results for news reports on hate crimes against Muslims (69,000) than there were for reports on hate crimes against Jews (32,500).

See last year’s CD post on 2015 hate crime data here.