The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, headquartered at California State University in Santa Barbara has released a new report showing that hate crimes rose over 9% in 30 major American cities in 2018. That is the steepest rise since 2015 and the total number of hate crimes has now gone up for the fifth consecutive year.
The most common victims for hate crime reported to police in 2018 were gay men, people of color, and members if the Jewish community. In line with an international rise in antisemitic hate crime, Jews were the direct target of half of all extremist homicides in 2018 and it has now become the worst year for antisemitic killings in the United States.
There were 2,009 hate crimes across all 30 cities last year compared to 1,836 in 2017. The growing extent of the problem was highlighted by the fact that 2018 marked a 42% increase over the 2010 total of 1,417 and a 51% increase over 2013’s decade low of 1,324. New York had the most incidents out of all 30 cities with 361, though that is not too surprising given the size and concentration of its population.