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AZRWinger 02-19-2019 12:55 PM

Jussie Smollett Reminds Us That Some Hate Crimes Are Hoaxes—and the Statistics Are a
Embedded in an article reporting on the imploding tale of an actor attacked by racist Trump supporters is an explanation of the often repeated false claim that hate crimes are increasing since Trump was elected. :thumbsup


But despite Trump's very real history of making disparaging remarks about all kinds of people, there is not a lot of statistical evidence to support the notion that hate crimes are surging. While it's true that the FBI's count of hate crimes rose 17 percent from 2016 to 2017, it's important to note that 1,000 additional agencies reported information to the FBI in the latter year. It should go without saying, but as the number of agencies participating in the FBI's count of hate crimes grows more numerous, the total number of hate crimes will undoubtedly rise. This does not necessarily mean that hate crimes are surging—just that the authorities undercounted them previously.

Statistics, of course, are easily mischaracterized. A few months ago, many in the media became obsessed with a figure from the Anti-Defamation League, which purportedly showed that anti-Semitism had spiked a whopping 57 percent under Trump. But part of that statistic reflected an increase in bomb threats against U.S.-based Jewish institutions perpetrated by just one person: a deranged Israeli teenager. Anti-Semitic violence, according to the ADL's count, actually decreased 47 percent.
Typical of the Resistance media, the hate crimes statistic can be spun as smearing Trump so it's accepted without question. :o


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