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.
Business Insider is reporting that a study done by scientists at the University of North Texas is claiming that US counties where Donald Trump held a campaign rally in 2016 saw a 226% increase in reported hate crimes over similar counties that did not hold a rally,.
The study measured the correlation between counties that hosted a 2016 campaign rally and the crime rates in the months that followed. The scientists used the Anti-Defamation League’s map that measures acts of violence and compared the counties that hosted a rally with others that had similar characteristics, including minority population (including the LGBT community), location, and active hate groups.
The “Trump effect” as it is being called according to the ADL’s 2016 data, included reports of vandalism, intimidation and assault in it’s findings.
The FBI’s Universal Crime report in 2017, reported that overall across America hate crimes increased 17 percent over 2016. Recent research also shows that reading or hearing Trump’s statements of bias against particular groups makes people more likely to write offensive things about the groups he targets.
The DC Metro Police have released statistics from last year showing that citywide crimes in general and crimes against transgender individuals decreased by 11 percent in 2017 while the number of crimes involving gay and lesbian victims has increased over 25%
At a news conference on Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the director of the city’s Department of Forensic Sciences, which operates a high tech crime lab, in announcing what they called optimistic crime data in the city for 2017.
“Throughout 2017, crime continued to decease in Washington, D.C., with a 22 percent reduction in violent crime, a 9 percent reduction in property crime, and an 11 percent decrease in total crime,” a statement released by the mayor’s office says.
According to DC’s Metropolitan Police Department’s Lt. Brett Parson preliminary figures for 2017 through the end of November show an increase of over 25% based on gay and lesbian sexual orientation – from 38 in 2016 to 51 as of the end of November 2017 and shows a decrease in the number of hate crimes targeting transgender people from 18 in 2016 to 13 as of the end of November 2017.
Parson didn’t provide specific figures showing the number of LGBT-related crime incidents investigated or recorded by the LGBT Liaison Unit.
Released today by Servicemembers United is the final tally of discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for the 2009 fiscal year under Obama’s watch.
“The annual fiscal year ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge statistic combines the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Defense, which was 428, with the total number of discharges reported by the Department of Homeland Security for the Coast Guard, which was 15. This brings the official 17-year total, according to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, to 13,425 discharges under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Although only 443 total discharges are included in the official statistic for fiscal year 2009, the true number of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharges is very likely higher. When pressed by Servicemembers United, the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Freedom of Information Office confirmed on three separate occasions in late 2009 and early 2010 that the internal source of their annual ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge numbers is the Defense Manpower Data Center, and that Defense Manpower Data Center statistics do not include discharges from the Reserves or the National Guard….The Department of Defense in general – and the Defense Manpower Data Center specifically – has consistently failed to disclose full information and data related to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharges in blatant violation of the Freedom of Information Act. In response to one request for information by Servicemembers United in mid-2009, the Department of Defense took more than twice the amount of time allowable by law to produce less than one-tenth of one percent of the requested data – data that was not classified and not protected by the Privacy Act. Information requests from members of Congress, including House Armed Services Committee members, have also been only partially filled.”
Remember kids that all 443 discharges could have been stooped by a swipe of Obama’s pen on an Executive Order.