FBI Reports Massive Surge In Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in 2015

Jim Burroway

November 14th, 2016


The FBI has issued its latest set of Hate Crime Statistics for 2015, revealing a staggering 67% increase in Anti-Muslim attacks in 2015 over the year before. In 2014, there were 154 anti-Muslim incidents involving 178 criminal offenses, 184 victims and 148 known offenders. For 2015, there were 257 anti-Muslim incidents involving 301 criminal offenses, 307 victims and 228 known offenders.

That eye-popping increase is likely to garner the lion’s share of the attention, as it should, given it is the most notable increase among all of the categories tracked by the FBI. Other categories seeing an increase include hate crimes based on Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry, which rose from 3,216 incidents in 2014 to 3,310 incidents in 2015. Hate crimes based on Sexual Orientation rose from 1,017 to 1,053 incidents in the past year, and hate crimes based on Gender Identity rose from 98 to 114.

But of all of the categories of hate crimes being tracked by the FBI, no other group comes close to experiencing the dramatic 67% increase in victimization that the Muslim community has. Overall, the FBI reports that there were 5,850 hate crime incidents in 2015, compared to 5,479 in 2014, an increase of 6.8%. But despite Muslims making up only about 1% of the total U.S. population, their dramatically increased hate crime victimization over the past year accounted for nearly a quarter of the total rise in hate crimes.

Emmanuel Moyana

November 8th, 2017

Racism is definitely the oldest form of hate. It needs to be given prominence.

Emmanuel Moyana

November 8th, 2017

Thanks for the article by the way

Emmanuel Moyana

December 9th, 2017

Just like apartheid in South Africa and what is happening in Burma against muslims. All forms of hate must strongly be opposed.

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