Crimes Based on Sexual Orientation Most Violent

Jim Burroway

November 19th, 2007

Here’s a trend which continues to hold true:

  Total Hate Crime Incidents, 2006 Crimes against persons, percentage of total
Race 4,737 2,987 63%
Religion 1,597 553 35%
Sexual Orientation 1,415 1,004 71%
Ethnicity 1,233 858 70%
Disability 94 47 50%
TOTAL 9,076 5,449 60%

Out of all the major categories, hate crime incidents motivated by sexual orientation are more likely to be crimes against persons (i.e. violent crimes) as opposed to crimes against property (robbery, vandalism, etc.). Only Ethnicity come close, and that is largely due to the recent surge in anti-Hispanic hate crimes for 2006.

But Hispanics and other ethnicities are currently protected by federal hate crimes laws. So is religion. Disability isn’t covered. And the same is true for one other category. Can you guess which one?

See also:

Hate Crime Statistics Released for 2006

Samantha Davis

November 19th, 2007

What, according to the FBI, is the difference between “race” and “ethnicity.” Where is the distinction drawn?

Jim Burroway

November 19th, 2007

“Race” denotes all the classic things that we Americans lump into race: black, white, asians, pacific Islanders, American Indians.

“Ethnicity” is related more to national origin. Currently, it’s divided into only two groups: Hispanic and non-hispanic.

Why do Hispanics fall under “ethnicity” while Pacific Islanders and Asians don’t? I don’t know. It seems kinda arbitrary to me.

Ben in oakland

November 19th, 2007

Race and ethnicity are both very arbitrary terms, perhaps even more so than gay and straight. It is amazing that the words used to divide us are distinguished primarily by their lack of specificity.

Samantha Davis

November 19th, 2007

Wow, the FBI’s hate crime classification in terms of race/ethnicity seems will, racist! Who’da thunk?


November 19th, 2007

I can’t speak for the FBI, but often ethnicity is a subcategory of race. I’ve always assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that hate crimes based on race focused on things like whether the person was black or white, whereas I’ve assumed ethnicity focused on things like the person being an Arab (which is not viewed as a race).

I agree with the earlier post that these are not well defined.

Barry B

February 7th, 2008

I don’t think race should be categories as your ethnic origin, race would be considered people as a whole (human) and ethnicity would fall into the subcategory. White and black as we consider political correct is incorrect. They are colors not ethnicities. Why don’t they call Asians, yellow? I am an american with a diverse background, but my African american heritage should not be considered Black. Confused country we live in.

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