Most of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity, not by religion or sexual orientation.
The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday, November 13.
Hate crimes in Wisconsin appeared to decrease for the second straight year in 2016. No other religious group made up more than 4.1 percent of reported hate crimes motivated by religion. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent. The next closest category was crimes based on religion, with 21 percent, followed by sexual orientation at 17.5 percent.
More than half of the crimes committed based on race, ethnicity or ancestry bias were motivated by anti-black sentiments, according to the report.
The yearly report is the most comprehensive accounting of hate crimes in the U.S. But authorities warn it's incomplete, partly because it's based on voluntary reporting by police agencies. Curry said the actual number is higher, since not all hate crimes are reported to law enforcement.
The report also reveals that approximately 46 percent of the 5,770 known offenders were White, 26 percent Black, and 7.7 percent were of multiple racial backgrounds.
However, these numbers likely represent only a fraction of such cases, given that reporting hate crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not mandatory. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society". 26 percent of the crimes were connected to bias against women, while 10 percent of the crimes were connected bias against males.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Sessions said.
There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.
"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting. Sessions was personally involved in dispatching an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer, Christopher Perras, to prosecute Johnson's killer.