From The Year 2002, the Rate of Hate Crimes in US Los Angeles County has Risen to The Highest Level-Reports Say
According to a report released by the county Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday, the number of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2021 rose to its highest level in 19 years, up 23% from the previous year.
According to the report, the number of hate crimes in the county increased to 786 last year from 641 the year before. Since 2002, this is the highest total. “The rise in hate crimes across Los Angeles County is deeply distressing,” said Janice Hahn, chair of the Board of Supervisors.
It is unacceptable that those among us who are already marginalized face further danger from attacks and harassment based on their identities. The report found that there were 77 acts of hate committed against Asian people, the highest number in at least 20 years. It is estimated that Asians have been the target of around a quarter of all hate crimes because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Black people were the targets of 46% of racial hate crimes
According to the report, black people, who make up only 9% of the population, were the targets of 46% of racial hate crimes. The number of sexual orientation-based offenses increased by 15% from the previous year, with 85% directed at gay men.
There were 41 incidents of anti-transgender violence, with 93 percent of those incidents being classed as violent. This rate is higher than the rates for attacks based on race, sexual orientation, or religion.
The survey found that incidents of religiously motivated violence increased by 29%, with 74% of those crimes directed at Jews. Since 2013 when they hit a record low, hate crimes have increased by 105%, according to the report.
“Hate crimes across the nation, including L.A. County, skyrocketed in 2021.”, Robin Toma says
The commission’s executive director, Robin Toma, said in a statement that “the year 2021 began with a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, led in part by white nationalist groups.” “The shocking uprising demonstrated growing political polarisation and a country deeply divided along the lines of race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender,” and “hate crimes across the nation, including L.A. County, skyrocketed in 2021.”
County officials acknowledged that the L.A. vs. Hate initiative, which encourages victims to come forward and offers support, may have contributed to the increase in hate crimes. On the other hand, they acknowledged that many hate crimes still go unreported.
“Nearly half of all violent hate crimes are not reported to law enforcement,” the report states, using data from the United States Department of Justice. The proportion of unreported hate incidents and nonviolent hate crimes is likely to increase.
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