The Leadership Conference Education Fund on Monday, April 17, released a report outlining the “serious threat of an alarming rise in hate crimes” since 2014.
According to the report, which is the latest publication in LCEF’s Cause for Concern series, each of the last four presidential election periods have shown an “unmistakable pattern” of hate crimes increasing during elections.
The report notes that hate crimes have, in fact, nearly doubled since 2014. A press release on the report notes, “While not all hate crimes and hate incidents are committed by white supremacists, white supremacist violence has been particularly virulent during the last four presidential elections.” The report is based on statistics from the FBI and the Department of Justice and other publicly sourced data, the press release notes.
According to the report, analysis of recent data reports shows that hate crimes have increased by more than 90 percent since 2014 against Asian, Black, Muslim, LGBTQ, Jewish, Latino, immigrant, disability and other communities. “Among the compiled data, it is clear that reported hate crimes increase during election cycles — including in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020,” the report says.