Are hate crimes being accurately reported in Tennessee?

Are hate crimes being accurately reported in Tennessee?

The hate crimes recorded past year included nine murders and 24 rapes, the report said.

There were 6,121 hate crime incidents recorded previous year, an nearly 5 percent rise from 2015 and a 10 percent increase from 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hate Crimes Statistics report said. More than 15,000 law enforcement agencies provided data for the report.

About half the 1,273 incidents that involved religion were against Jews.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate-crime and discrimination, said the rise in hate crimes "coincides with Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic campaign and its immediate aftermath".

The number for hate crimes against Sikhs, whose population is estimated to be 500,000, went up from six in 2015 to seven in 2016.

Muslims and Jews were the most common targets in the US, with anti-Muslim bias making up the second highest religious bias at 25 percent behind anti-Jewish bias, which accounted for about 55 percent, making Jews the most targeted group in the U.S. Fifty-four percent of these incidents were anti-Jewish, and 25 percent were anti-Muslim.

According to the data, the number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and most were "single-bias incidents".

Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, reports Xinhua news agency. Additionally, there were 105 incidents against transgender people last year, a rise of 44 percent from the year before.

Of the 7,615 overall hate crime victims in 2016, 4,720 of them were against people.

The FBI reports crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 a year ago.

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