Hate Crimes Drop Nationwide in 2011, But More Attacks Against Gays, Lesbians

Steve Neavling

 Fewer people reported hate crimes in 2011, but those based on sexual orientation rose, the FBI said Monday.

Reported hate crimes dropped 6%, to about 6,200, according to the recently released Hate Crime Statistics.

About half the hate crimes were racially motivated and predominately targeted African Americans.

In a press release, the Anti-Defamation League expressed concern over the rise in hate crimes directed at gays and lesbians.

“The increase in the number of reported hate crimes directed against gays and lesbians, now the second most frequent category of crime, is especially disturbing,” the ADL statement read.

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