Are hate crimes being accurately reported in Tennessee?

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

Numbers released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show the state reported 34 hate crimes a year ago.

The report showed a rise in crimes motivated by hatred of a religion, and a majority were against Jews and Muslims.

Almost 18 percent of the hate crime incidents in 2016 were a result of sexual-orientation bias.

Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5 percent over the previous year. More than half the 4,200 racially motivated crimes were against black people.

Singh said it will be hard for the country to mobilise political will and resources necessary to address the issue if law enforcement agencies fail to document true extent of hate crimes.

In neighboring Minnesota, hate crimes rose from 109 to 119 during the same period.


The figures are a big drop from 2015, when the state reported 36 hate crimes. Anti-Semitism was the cause motivating about 55 percent of the crimes, followed by anti-Muslim sentiment, which motivated about 25 percent. As many as 62 percent of those hate crimes targeted gay men. The rest were crimes against property and crimes against society.

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

The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher.

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

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement.

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