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Viloent Hate Crimes: Gays are Most Victimized Minority Group

December 7, 2010

A new study by the SPLC identifies LGBT as the 8 time more likely to be victimized by violent hate crimes; the most of any minority group.

The national hate crime statistics published each year by the FBI are notoriously sketchy, in large part because, as a 2005 Department of Justice study found, most hate crimes are never reported to police and those that are typically are not categorized as hate crimes by local jurisdictions. Nevertheless, by examining FBI data, it is possible to make reasonable estimates of the rates of victimization by various targeted minority groups.

For homosexuals, for example, it was calculated that they are victimized at 8.3 times the expected rate (17.4 divided by 2.1). The other categories were as follows: Jews were victimized at 3.5 times the expected rate, blacks at 3.2 times, Muslims at 1.9 times, Latinos at 0.6 times, and whites at 0.2 times.

Last, we compared the rate of victimization for homosexuals to that of the other groups. The figures show that homosexuals are 2.4 times more likely to suffer a violent hate crime attack than Jews (8.3 divided by 3.5). In the same way, gays are 2.6 times more likely to be attacked than blacks; 4.4 times more likely than Muslims; 13.8 times more likely than Latinos; and 41.5 times more likely than whites, according to the FBI figures. The basic pattern holds by years as well as across the years.

The bottom line: Homosexuals are far more likely than any other minority group in the United States to be victimized by violent hate crime.

via Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math | Southern Poverty Law Center.