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According to data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 2020 was the worst year for hate crimes since 2009. The largest attacks were against Asian and African-American people, according to statistics from the government agency.
Last year there were a total of 7,759 crimes of this type, which represents an increase of 6% compared to 2019 and the largest increase since 2008.
In 2020 there were 2,755 attacks against black people compared to 1,972 the previous year, and 274 attacks against citizens of Asian origin, compared to 161 the previous year. Hate crimes against whites also rose in 2020 with an increase of 16% compared to 2019.
By cons, crimes of this kind against Jews and Latinos decreased, with 676 anti-Semitic attacks in 2020, compared to 963 in 2019; and 507 against Hispanics last year, compared to 539 the previous year.
Most offenders (3,633) in 2020 were whitefollowed by African Americans (1,309), while there were 1,080 whose racial identity is unknown.
It is the sixth time in the last seven years that the total number of hate crimes has risen in the United States..: since 2014 the number of these crimes has increased by almost 42%.
The year 2020 was one of great turmoil in the US, marked by the beginning of the pandemic, a serious economic deterioration, a great polarization instigated by then-President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and a very tense general election .
The Congress of the country asks the FBI to collect data on hate crimes annually, based on information from local security forces, to produce these statistics.