Interesting Facts of the Day on US
Hate Crimes in 2014
By Mark J. Perry
December 6, 2015
Members of which of these groups
were most likely to be a victim of a hate crime in 2014: Muslims, Blacks or
Jews? Based on media coverage, you would 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 are 88,300 results for “hate
crimes” + black, 63,400 results for “hate
crimes” + Muslims and only 26,200 results for “hate
crimes” + Jews.
And yet recently released hate
crime data from the FBI for 2014 reveal that there were 2,022
African-American victims of hate crimes last year, 648 Jewish victims of
anti-religious hate crimes and 184 Muslim hate crime victims. Adjusting for the
population size of each group (42
million blacks, 6.2
million Jews and 5.7
million Muslims), thehate crime victimization rates last year per
100,000 population were 10.4 for Jews, 4.8 for blacks and 3.2
for Muslims (see chart above). Therefore, American Jews were more than
twice as likely as blacks to be a victim of a hate crime last year, and three
times more likely than a Muslim to be a hate crime victim.
The FBI data for 2014 on anti-religion
hate crimes also reveal that of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate
crimes last year in the US, 648 were Jewish (56.8% of the total) and 184 were
Muslim (16.1% of the total). Obviously, since 56.8% of the anti-religious hate
crime victims in 2014 were Jewish, there were more Jewish victims last year of
anti-religious hate crimes (648) than victims of all other religious groups
Question: Based on the actual
rates of hate crime victimization and the fact that Jews are so
disproportionately targeted, wouldn’t we have to conclude that hate crimes
against Jews are routinely under-reported by the media relative to the reporting
of hate crimes against blacks and Muslims?
Update: In response to a comment
below the post by Brian Kerk about variations in the estimates for America’s
Muslim population, I’ve created the new chart below with a different
assumption about the Muslim population in America. As this American
Thinker article by Carol Brown points out:
Estimates on the number of Muslims
living in the US vary, ranging from 3
million to 7
million. Whatever the precise number, it’s already outdated as it rises
with each passing nanosecond.
Since 9/11, there has been a dramatic
uptick in immigration from Islamic countries with a 66%
increasein the past decade. And things are just warming up. Islam is now the fastest
growing religion in America.
The chart above on hate crime
victimization rates assumes a Muslim population of 5.7 million, based
on a recent estimate from DinarStandard,
a well-respected Muslim market research firm that partners with Thomson
Reuters(the world’s leading source of intelligent information for
businesses) to produce annual reports on “The
State of the Global Islamic Economy,” and was recently hired
by Ritz-Carlton Hotels to help them better serve Muslim guests in the
US. But to address Brian Kerk’s concerns, I’ve adjusted the Muslim
population in the US to the lower estimates of 3 million, which results in the
following hate crime victimization rates: 10.6 per 100,000 for Jews, 6.1for
Muslims and 4.8 for blacks. The Jew-Muslim difference in hate crime
victimization rate is not as dramatic as before, but still highly significant.
With these new hate crime rates, we could say that Jews were 74% more
likely to be a victim of an anti-religious hate crime in 2014 than a Muslim, and
117% more likely than a black to be victimized by a hate crime.