The FBI released its annual hate crime report on Monday. While the rollout of FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2016 was rather subdued, the data speaks for itself. Quick takes? Well, hate crime surged another 4.6 percent in 2016, this after a 6.8 percent increase the previous year. In only the second year that law enforcement agencies could report anti-Arab incidents to the FBI, the number of anti-Arab hate incidents rose from 37 in 2015 to 51 in 2016, a 38% increase.  And among the 6,121 hate crime incidents reported in 2016, a plurality occurred between the months of October and December. Need we remind you, that period coincides with the presidential election, its upending outcome, and subsequent fit of nationwide convulsions. You know what they say, hate engenders hate, and in November 2016, hate seemed to be on the ballot. Our takeaways are here, as well as a link to the report itself. But before you leave us, remember: the FBI’s statistics don’t reflect every hate crime reported to the police, only those voluntarily submitted by law enforcement agencies around the country…and don’t forget, most hate crimes aren’t even reported to the police. So, while we can conclude that hate crimes are indeed on the rise, know that the data we do have is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

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