A new FBI report on hate crimes undercounted the number of hate crimes impacting Black, Asian, Jewish, and LGBTQ people.
The report of 2021 hate crimes listed 7,262 hate crime incidents, the third-highest amount reported in a decade. The FBI admits the number of actual incidents is undercounted because of a new system they have implemented for police departments to report crimes, which some departments have yet to fully adopt.
Critics of the report say key data is missing from big states like California and Florida and in some of the largest police jurisdictions like Los Angeles and New York. Just 65% of police departments submitted data for the report compared to the 93% for last year’s report.
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino says, “Today’s overall FBI numbers simply do not reflect the increases we’re seeing across more reliable and consistent data from a smaller but more consistent set of police data.”
Levin’s own research of hate crime incidents in 2021 saw a 224% increase in anti-Asian crimes and big increases in crimes towards Black, Jewish and LGBTQ communities, who according to Levin are not reflected in the FBI’s reports.