Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
On November 27, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "hate crimes against Muslims soared after Sept. 11, according to an FBI report released Monday that also shows that most hate offenses in 2001 were committed against African Americans. The FBI's annual statistical report showed that hate crimes in the United States increased 21 percent from 8,063 in 2000 to 9,730 in 2001. Most of last year's hate crimes were motivated by racial bias (45 percent), followed by biases against ethnicity or national origin (22 percent), religion (19 percent), sexual orientation (14 percent) and disability (0.3 percent). The most dramatic change noted by the report was a more than 1,600 percent increase in reported hate crimes against Muslims -- a jump from 28 hate incidents in 2000 to 481 last year. The report, however, showed that African Americans -- with 3,700 victims of hate crimes counted in 2001 -- were by far the largest group of victims, as they have been since the FBI began gathering hate crime statistics from local law enforcement in 1992. Hate crimes against African Americans rose slightly, from 2,884 incidents in 2000 to 2,899 incidents in 2001."