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FBI: Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Remain Relatively High

By Mark Potok on December 10, 2012 - 10:23 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime

Hate crimes against perceived Muslims, which jumped up 50% in 2010 largely as a result of anti-Muslim propagandizing, remained at relatively high levels last year, according to 2011 hate crime statistics released today by the FBI.

The bureau reported that there were 157 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2011, down slightly from the 160 recorded in 2010. The 2011 crimes occurred during a period when Islam-bashing propaganda, which initially took off in 2010, continued apace.

The FBI statistics, which are compilations of state numbers, are notoriously understated. Two Department of Justice studies have indicated that the real level of hate crimes in America is some 20-30 times the number reported in the FBI statistics, in part because some 56% of hate crimes are never reported to police and more than half of those that are are mischaracterized as non-hate crimes. Nevertheless, the FBI statistics can be used to get a sense of general trends.

Last year saw continued high levels of anti-Muslim propaganda such as the crusade by some against the alleged Muslim plan to impose religious Shariah law on the United States. There were a number of local battles over the construction of new mosques, and several were attacked by apparent Islamophobes.

At the same time, the FBI statistics suggested that there was a 31% drop in anti-Latino hate crimes, from 534 in 2010 to 405 last year. It’s not clear what might be behind that drop, other than an apparent diminution in anti-Latino and anti-immigrant propaganda as negative attention focused on Muslims.

Other hate crime categories remained relatively steady. Anti-Jewish hate crimes fell from 887 in 2010 to 771 last year, while anti-LGBT hate crimes rose slightly, from 1,256 to 1,277. Anti-black hate crimes also fell slightly, continuing a trend of dropping from a high of 2,876 in 2008 (when Barack Obama appeared on the national political scene, fueling anti-black hatred in some quarters) to 2,076 last year.

  • Aron

    Bye John! Don’t let the flapper valve hit you on the way down the plumbing.

  • CM

    John,

    You’re mighty smug for someone who has yet to say one even remotely intelligent thing here. Apparently, you think that if anyone points out the stupidity of some remark you’ve made, you’ve scored a success by provoking them into reacting. That’s a pretty pathetic little game, and it’s not surprising that some people would see it as evidence that you’re a whiny loser who has no life. It could also be taken as evidence that people who object to the idea of laws against hate crimes simply don’t understand reality.

  • gergrh

    anti jewish hate crimes are even higher and many are BY MUSLIMS!! But God forbid you dare mention that!

  • John

    should’ve read “self hatred is”..oops darn typo

  • CoralSea

    Mitch Beales –

    Kudos for your call regarding the monumental stupidity of some of the comments on this thread!

    I am thinking that if SPLC imposed a reading comprehension test on commenters, this thread would have been far less, ah, interesting!

    I frequently comment on a humor site, however, the real belly-laughs often come from some of the crazy, intensely stupid comments that get posted by the likes of Eugene, John, and Concerned Citizen.

  • John

    Nevermind! He did post it….I now see why the peanut gallery is fuming.. and by them not addressing my observation it only reinforces my point…til next time

  • John

    Super, i don’t think you know what self hatred and i see the diaper comment irked you..(sighs) There’s another post I did that if Mark decides to post it, it’ll explain the behavior patterns of the people in this forum..be on the look out and for heaven’s sake, get some potty training.

  • supersonic250

    …Oh, and before I forget, I want to thank Ruslan, Reynardine, Erika, CoralSea, Aron, and everyone else who tirelessly fights back the tsunami of stupid that has besieged this beloved site every day. You guys are awesome, and man, I wish I could rip these guys the way you do.

  • Supersonic250

    John- At least I’m doing something with my life other than wasting people’s time with needless stupid and hatred. I’m making something of myself. I at least bother to ensure I know what the heck I’m talking about before I spout off.

    …And I come here every day to remind myself that no matter how much my life sucks, at least I’m not like you!

  • CoralSea

    Concerned Citizen —

    “Liberals will always be liberals. Left is left. People on the left side of the street tend to be very liberal, socialist and leftist in their idealogicial opinions.”

    Okay — so what is your point? So many of us are progressives…This is a bad thing to you? Why? Most of the progressives I know are professionals or at least well read. Although we support social safety nets (we definitely need them given the turmoil frequently stirring the job market, throwing people out of work, etc.), most of us work hard and many of us earn fairly good livings (that being well-educated thing, you know). We decry vulture capitalism and the looting of banks and 401Ks by the unscrupulous, whose actions have plunged millions into poverty. This is bad? How is it bad? Do you really think America is a stronger, more noble country when millions of people work full time and still have trouble finding places to live or food to eat?

    How is the progressive belief that people should be able to obtain healthcare at a reasonable cost “bad” or “wrong?” Do you know anyone who has died because they couldn’t afford healthcare — because I do. Does this make America stronger, or a better place, or just pathetic? Do you KNOW that our system of health care, with private insurance, came about basically by accident, rather than ideology, as a result of the tax code after World War II?

    So — liberals mostly work hard, tend to be better-educated (at least compared to many conservatives), are against financial crime and exploitation of people who work hard to get nowhere, want to help people gain access to what they need to live above the poverty line (typically through a decent job — but companies need to PAY living wages), don’t think people should die because they are locked out of the private insurance market. MY GOD! We’re all monsters!

    Or do you object to the view, held by many progressives, that people shouldn’t be vilified because of the color of their skin or their country of origin, or their religion? Is that what you don’t like about us?

    Or maybe it’s gay marriage or abortion? Guess what — I don’t know a single progressive that would seek to force YOU to partake of either!

    Or is it the evolution thing? Or the inerrancy of the Bible? The fact that progressives don’t tend to believe that dinosaurs were running around at the same time as Adam and Eve? Or maybe that we don’t believe that Hurricanes are God’s punishment (interesting though, how they tend to hit so many of the Red states – guess they made up for it with Sandy). Well, we don’t believe these things because they are LOONEY!

    Please do give me a hint — what were you driving at?

  • adamhill

    John,

    Wow.

    “Interracial crime” is crime involving people from different races. Many motivations of a criminal in such a crime are possible. For example, a white person might steal money from a black person, or vice-versa, because he or she wants money. In such a case, the motivation for the crime is not hate directed toward a person because of membership in a certain ethnic or racial group. This is an example of an interracial crime that is not a hate crime.

    When a crime occurs between members of different races (i.e. interracial crime) that is motivated by bias against a certain race, it is then a (possible) hate crime.

    Ruslan was not contradicting himself, and what are you smoking?

  • CM

    John,

    It’s unclear whether you’re being deliberately obtuse or if it just comes naturally. Ruslan said quite clearly that it’s a hate crime if the motivation is the victim’s perceived race, but you deleted that word when you copied his comment.

    Obviously (to anyone with an iota of intelligence), the point is that interracial crime is not hate crime if the motivation is not racial animus but rather, for example, simple thievishness. On that basis, whether I’m black or white, I’d be smarter to target a white victim just because they’re more likely to have stuff worth stealing.

  • Sam Molloy

    Eugene, there are indeed Gay Conservatives. I like to think my values of personal responsibility and limited government are positive, but I respect the opinions of people who believe a Socialist State is more preferable. I respect the feelings of those that believe individualism is an enemy of a progressive society. Most “individualism” is prepackaged nonsense sold for a profit these days anyway. Logically, Gay people make ideal Republicans. We usually make decent money, we like nice things, and we don’t want the Government to tell us how to live our lives.

  • adamhill

    Eugene,

    “It will be next to impossible to build a society that eliminates all hate crimes,”

    So we should not enforce, or even have, laws against rape because it’s “next to impossible to build a society that eliminates rape”? Should we get rid of the fire department because we’ll “never eliminate all fires”?

    “These guys all probably live outside the mainstream with no family, no job, no girlfriend. They all probably live in a college town in a crummy basement apartment, doing drugs, with no job, never even had a girlfriend. They’re probably all gay, unattractive, effeminate, overweight slobs. Basically deviants. So they get mad when the see a normal healthy man who has a job, looks good, is clean cut, and has a real job and a wife and family, and has a nice home and car he worked for.”

    Here is the truth of the matter. Just speaking factually, the “normal healthy man” you described fits me almost perfectly. I can’t speak to it myself, but others, including my wife, say I look good, I’m clean cut, have a “real job”, a family, etc. So here I am, someone who challenges your worldview completely.

    It is true that I live in a college town, though, so you got me there. Guilty as charged. My defense is that I’m a professor–yes, that’s correct, Eugene, a REAL real scientist. And my doctoral degree isn’t one of those you buy online for a few bucks.

  • Erika

    Aron, havern’t you heard of those new type of colleges which operate online under and don’t need no stinking accreditation?

    (and before some smart alec points out that diploma mills have long been with us, don’t you think i know that? :)

  • Mitch Beales

    I’m proud to award this thread the prize for the stupidest comments this year on Hatewatch.

  • John

    and while it may seem like i’m criticizing the people in this forum, it’s based on observation more than anything…

  • Reynardine

    John, you have a reading comprehension problem. If a beef breaks out over, say, the last package of mac and cheese in the grocery freezer, and someone gets killed, the race of the perp and the victim is normally immaterial to the charge. If, however, the perp yells at the vic, “You dirty Ay-rab, I’ll KILL before I let a towelhead have the last mac and cheese!”, then we have a possible hate crime, even if the vic wasn’t an Ayrab at all, but merely a (say) Sicilian-American who “looked like one.” The later is a case of ascribed ethnicity.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Ruslan, you typed: Interracial crime in itself does not equal “hate crimes.” You then typed it’s a hate crime when its a person’s “perceived race”..hmmm that’s interesting….so when a person has a crime committed against them b/c of their race it’s not a hatecrime b/c there’s no perception to the individual’s race? wow..”

    This is what you call a contradiction? You really are dense. I like the fact that you probably thought you were being clever when in reality you just made a laughing stock of yourself. Let me explain this in the SIMPLEST way possible without the use of sockpuppets.

    1. Interracial crime means that the perpetrator(that’s the person who commits the crime) and the victim(the unlucky individual it happens to) are of different “races” according to the state’s classification along those lines. Interracial crime has nothing to do with motive. If a black guy and a white guy get in a bar fight over some woman, it’s not a hate crime.

    2. A hate crime is when someone’s crime is primarily motivated by the victim’s perceived or real “race”, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. This means, incidentally, that hate crimes can exist within the same “race.” A white guy beating another white guy for “looking gay” would be a hate crime.

    So let’s break this down:

    1. White guy gets in shouting match with black guy over some girl at a bar. Black guy smacks white guy in the head with a bottle. This crime was not motivated by hate. It was a stupid, but common dispute which often leads to violence.

    2. White guy gets butthurt at seeing white women with black dudes(except at home, when he’s watching porn), so he decides to shoot an interracial couple. His motivation was race, in this case. That’s a hate crime.

    3. White guy burns down Bosnian white guy’s store because the latter is Muslim. This is a hate crime. Note that it is NOT an interracial crime.

    If you had actually read what I wrote, you would have seen why I never contradicted myself.

  • John

    Eugene, what you have to understand is that the characters here share a similar behavior pattern with radical right wingers and religious extremists..In other words, while I don’t believe none of them are bad people, they nonetheless live in a fantasy world where they think a Neo-Nazi is hiding under their bed..They’re so convinced of their righteousness that if one dares question it or present an opposing viewpoint, they react in number..just like right wing nuts and extremists..So while the ideologies may be different, the behavior patterns remain consistent

    Also, dog forbid you imply a black person could harm or kill a white b/c of racial animosity..Leftists like the ones here take on the “victim mentality”…even though they’re white, they see themselves as purveyors of “white skin privilege” so as a result, to assuage themselves of their guilt, they take on the role of the perceived “opressed minority…much like radical right wing Christians use the martyr mentality..

  • Gregory

    If my memory serves, the last incarnation of JasonAnnieEzraEugene to make a similar announcement was Jason Smith. Jason said the he didn’t read the responses to his copypasta, then proceded to address the responses he was ignoring.

    As for his list of leftist characteristics, they are entertaining for the glimpse that it provides into the asinine mindset of the resurrection committee that brings us a newly incarnated idiot every month or so. On the other hand, John likes them, so it is true that water finds its own level.

  • Reynardine

    Concerned Citizen, you are positively brilliant! (Applause)

  • John

    Ruslan, you typed: Interracial crime in itself does not equal “hate crimes.” You then typed it’s a hate crime when its a person’s “perceived race”..hmmm that’s interesting….so when a person has a crime committed against them b/c of their race it’s not a hatecrime b/c there’s no perception to the individual’s race? wow..

    Oh, someone change Supersonic250′s diaper..he sounds irritable..must be all those baseless acuusations for people who dare spout an opposing viewpoint..tsk tsk

  • Reynardine

    Sol, did that mean anything at all?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Liberals will always be liberals. Left is left. People on the left side of the street tend to be very liberal, socialist and leftist in their idealogicial opinions.

  • Aron

    John seems to have mistaken ‘amusement’ with ‘offense.’

    And Sol, what was that supposed to mean?

  • Sol

    WOOO JEWS WIN AGAIN!

    Oh wait. I mean lose.

    Oy.

  • Reynardine

    A number of us live near colleges and universities because we enjoy libraries, lectures, art films, cultural performances, a diverse circle of educated friends, and intellectual pursuits. Also, most of us have degrees from one or more. And, although no longer young, I hope to Hell I’m effeminate. Meanwhile, Eugene, I second Aron: if you are a professor, or even a grad assistant, of anything, how come *you* don’t live near an institution of higher learning?

  • John

    Eugene, your comment has hit a little to close to home..Aron seems to be offended

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    John, by all means, explain how I contradicted myself.

    As for Eugene, thanks for the gold mine. I don’t care if you read these. I respond just to show others how stupid you people are, and how you can’t even defend your idiotic beliefs.

    “Leftists have the following characteristics:

    1.) They want to create a utopia”

    Nope. And how is your racial “white” state not a utopia?

    “2.) They want someone else to pay for it”

    Nope. As a socialist, I believe that those who produce the wealth, should own it. Simple as that.

    “3.) They offer no data or facts for their beliefs”

    Actually we are constantly providing data. All you do is claim that there is a politically correct conspiracy and ignore the evidence.

    “4.) They think their opponents are stupid”

    Well you are, by definition, stupid. I could call you something else but we both know what it would really mean.

    “5.) They use only epithets, slurs, invective”

    It’s pretty clear to anyone here that we have been shooting down your pathetic, unsourced claims. Do you think this is a private chat where people can’t read all of our posts?

    “6.) They hate anyone who is normal”

    But you’re not, by any definition, normal.

    “These guys all probably live outside the mainstream with no family, no job, no girlfriend. They all probably live in a college town in a crummy basement apartment, doing drugs, with no job, never even had a girlfriend. They’re probably all gay, unattractive, effeminate, overweight slobs. Basically deviants. So they get mad when the see a normal healthy man who has a job, looks good, is clean cut, and has a real job and a wife and family, and has a nice home and car he worked for. So these losers are all jealous.”

    If you were a “normal” healthy man with a good job and a home, you wouldn’t be a white nationalist. You’re proud of your whiteness(and you want us to respect that) because you have little else, if anything to be proud of. You’re not normal, because normal people find you at best, amusing, and at worse, repulsive.

  • Reynardine

    Also, I look pretty good for LXIX, have engaged in Russian dancing, duelling with broadswords, and martial arts, and still- when not down with flu- do my own housepainting, fencemaking, carpentry, pushing, pulling, shoving, hauling, digging, planting, etc. My mood is sometimes gay and sometimes pensive, and no, I never had a girlfriend.

  • Reynardine

    I do take certain drugs, such as Mucinex, Advil PM, vitamins, and iron. Right now, I live within twenty miles of several colleges and universities; my house is my own, and has no basement. It’s true, also, that I’m almost seventy and never had a girlfriend.

  • Aron

    But Eugene,

    Don’t YOU live in a college town? I thought you were a college science professor! With a PhD!

    And John, you really should quit while you’re behind. You’re only digging your hole deeper.

  • Reynardine

    Eugene, dear heart, we don’t think you’re stupid; we know you are. And if you had us on permanent ignore, you wouldn’t feel compelled to come here and vomit your chewed-up Turner Diaries all over this blog.

    John, if you don’t like the comment, choose a different handle. And then remember to press down on it once in a while.

  • Eugene

    Leftists have the following characteristics:

    1.) They want to create a utopia
    2.) They want someone else to pay for it
    3.) They offer no data or facts for their beliefs
    4.) They think their opponents are stupid
    5.) They use only epithets, slurs, invective
    6.) They hate anyone who is normal

    I don’t read their posts anymore. They can waste all their time writing long responses to me. I’ve got them all on permanent ignore. These guys all probably live outside the mainstream with no family, no job, no girlfriend. They all probably live in a college town in a crummy basement apartment, doing drugs, with no job, never even had a girlfriend. They’re probably all gay, unattractive, effeminate, overweight slobs. Basically deviants. So they get mad when the see a normal healthy man who has a job, looks good, is clean cut, and has a real job and a wife and family, and has a nice home and car he worked for. So these losers are all jealous.

  • Supersonic250

    Good lord, is it just me or did the weatherman call for a veritable sh**storm of stupid these last few days? Between Eugene (who by the way, needs to choose a new username now that we know you’re the same troll), John, and all the other morons around here….

    It makes me glad I know I’m at least headed for a bright future as I’m about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in a few days, while these guys will struggle to qualify for a job as a janitor.

  • John

    Never claimed and imaginary victory Grenadine….the toilet comments however show you and the peanut gallery’s simplistic mindset.

  • Reynardine

    Congratulate yourself ad libiditum on your self-imagined victory, John, but meanwhile, please pull the chain on that mess in your unflushed head- it’s starting to stink.

  • John

    Ithink, apparently I struck a nerve w/ you..lol Well, denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.. Ruslan you just contradicted yourself.. you leftists are so much fun to mess with..

  • Reynardine

    Concerned Citizen, you have once more demonstrated your willingness to be a patsy.

  • Reynardine

    Shane, a rapist who targets women is, by definition, a misogynist. A rapist who targets other men is often one who tries, metaphorically, to steal and digest their masculinity, thus having more for himself while leaving them declassed as “women” (“bitches”). In short, it is a more convoluted and virulent form of misogyny.

  • Shane

    Tell me, would a rapist that prefers women be considered a “sexist” by SPLC standards?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Amen! I agree with you Mr. Eugene. You asked some great questions. Great job!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Most white people are victimized by other white people. Interracial crime in itself does not equal “hate crimes.” A hate crime is when the motivation is the victim’s perceived “race”, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on.

  • Aron

    Oh of course John, we ALL know what a sterling reputation Judicial Watch possesses for its unbiased reporting. They would NEVER skew their facts against a Democratic Party official!

    And Eugene, you are so contemptible you don’t even warrant an actual response. Begone, troll.

  • Gregory

    It must be Monday. First two comments are from JasonAnnieEzraEugene and a muppet posting a link from JudicialWatch. WNs are sooooo predictable.

    I must say, though, the committee responsible for JasonAnnieEzraEugene seem to be getting a bit tired. This post was idiotic even by their loose standards.

  • Ithink

    “John said,
    on December 10th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    Seems Mr Potok missed one:
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/b…..st-whites/”

    No, John, he didn’t ‘miss’ anything; he gave statistics from previous years and further factual anecdotal evidence to support the thesis of this post…

    What he apparently got wrong was your citing of an un-apologetically radically right white supremacist site that is not reporting on any objective news so much as purposefully using out-of-context incidents, cherry-picked facts or jammed up misquotes to stoke the fires of racial resentment among the already paranoid, violent-prone members of the majority.

    That echo chamber nonsense you spout may work on Stormfront or the local KKK rally, but not to those of us with actual functioning gray matter. Better luck next time sticking solutions to problems that don’t exist.

  • Reynardine

    Dear Eugene,

    What you copied and pasted is at least legible, but dead wrong, as I explained to you on another thread. The rest of your comment is a hopeless chowder of red herrings.

  • John
  • Eugene

    Mark Potok: My question to you is: Compared to what?

    You claim Muslims are targets of crimes. You call these crimes, “hate crimes”. Ok. Now I ask you, compared to what? Is there an equal or greater number of Muslims committing hate crimes against non-Muslims in America? Then, I want you to compare the results to other Western nations with Muslim populations. Then, I want you to compare with non-Western nations with small Muslim minority populations (Like China). Then, I want you to compare with nations that have a Muslim majority (Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey). I want you to compare with hate crimes against non-Muslims living in those nations. You provide absolutely no data.

    Mark Potok: You cannot make a simple blanket statement like “Muslims are victims of hate crimes”. If you’re going to say that, you have to answer the question: “Compared to what?”
    You must compare and contrast each combinatoric. I suspect, you will find … nothing.

    Secondly, you have to answer the question: At what cost? It will be next to impossible to build a society that eliminates all hate crimes, all bias, all racism. It would require a massive police state. You would have to keep a file on every citizen. You would need massive government control over the daily lives of every citizen. I don’t want to live like that. I don’t want the government monitoring me. And it would never work anyway. The federal government is inept at doing even simple things. Government is not capable of doing what you, Mark Potok, wants it to do.