The FBI said Monday that reports of antigay hate crimes rose 11 percent from 2007 to 2008. The FBI survey defines a hate crime as a conviction for a crime ranging from intimidation and simple assault, to murder.
African-Americans and Latinos continue to be singled out for violent racial attacks, and Jews continue to be singled out for violent religious attacks.
The total number of violent violent hate crimes crept closer to the 10,000 mark: from 9,500 to 9,700, according to Agence France-Presse (via Raw Story).
Underreporting of violent crime persists, as more than 80 percent of 13,690 participating law-enforcement jurisdictions reported no hate crimes.