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New FBI data shows a surge in hate crimes against minority groups, adding to “previous findings by researchers and outside monitors…who have noted an alarming rise in some types of crimes tied to the vitriol of this year’s presidential campaign,” noted the New York Times:
In its report on Monday, the F.B.I. cataloged a total of 5,818 hate crimes in 2015 — a rise of about 6 percent over the previous year — including assaults, bombings, threats, and property destruction against minorities, women, gays and others.
Attacks against Muslim Americans saw the biggest surge. There were 257 reports of assaults, attacks on mosques and other hate crimes against Muslims last year, a jump of about 67 percent over 2014. It was the highest total since 2001, when more than 480 attacks occurred in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In the days immediately following Donald Trump’s election, groups have noted another dramatic increase in Trump-inspired hate. Among the horrific incidents:
We’ve continued to document many of these incidents on our Trump Hate Map, which we launched last summer following Trump’s Presidential campaign announcement in order to track Trump-inspired hate acts against Latinos, immigratnts, Muslim-Americans and other groups. We have added a new feature to the map, which allows you to submit any Trump-inspired hate acts, harassment, and vandalism you have experienced or witnessed.