Federal Hate Crimes Activity: A Speck on the Edge of a Dime
In the first decade of the 21st Century, there was a great deal of hubbub about the declaration of “hate crimes” in national politics. The argument at the time was that federal hate crime laws were needed to protect the American population from acts of violence motivated by prejudice.
Federal arrest data released by the FBI this month shows that in the 50 United States and Washington DC, there were just 31 federal hate crime arrests in a population of 315,202,254 in the year 2014. That’s less than 1 federal hate crime arrest per 10 million Americans.
In the meantime, the volume of news stories in the United States regarding hate crimes (surely among the most sensational items for news fodder available) falls far below the volume of news stories about murder and assault (Source: Google Trends):
If hate crimes laws were so necessary to keep our nation from falling apart, why are hate crimes arrests and news stories so infrequent since hate crime laws were passed?