As America becomes even more polarized on the political landscape, hate crimes have been steadily increasing during presidential election cycles and the trend is expected to continue in 2024, USA Today reports.
According to a study conducted by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a national civil rights group, hate crimes have been going up since the 2008 election when Barack Obama became the nation’s first Black president. At an alarming rate, hate crimes have increased by more than 80% since 2015, marked by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The study showed that 2021 had the highest number of hate crimes reported since 1991 when the FBI began publishing the statistics, and confirmed that African Americans still face the most hate crimes. The report also says the FBI has recognized violence by white supremacists as “the greatest domestic threat to the United States.”
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