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The FBIreleased its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday.
There were 10 incidents of hate-crimes against Hindus and seven against Sikhs in 2016 - the year of the rise of Donald Trump as a politician and his election as president.
Black Americans were targeted in about half the 3,489 incidents based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report said, followed by whites who were targeted in 720. Religion-related hate crimes came second, with Jews and Muslims targeted the most.
The raw number of incidents increased 4.6 percent from 2015, when there were 5,850 criminal incidents and 6,885 related offenses.
"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting.
According to the data, the number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and most were "single-bias incidents".
The FBI avoids ranking states for multiple reasons including; population density and urbanization, economic conditions, effectiveness of law enforcement, and many other factors. "Hate crimes demand priority due to their special impact". Anti-white bias was the next largest category, making up 20.7 percent. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.
More than 46 percent of suspects law enforcement was able to identify were white, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.
Stacy added that politicians must be more vigorous in addressing anti-LGBT bigotry and championing anti-discrimination policies, further noting that such strategies also "requires vigorous enforcement of hate crimes laws, which can deter and address violence motivated by bigotry".
"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", Sessions said in a statement.
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