October 17, 2023
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden addressed the nation today following the release of the FBI’s annual statistics on hate crimes, underscoring the concerning trends in hate-related incidents in the United States.
The report revealed a sharp increase in antisemitic hate crimes, which rose by 25 percent from 2021 to 2022. Moreover, antisemitism accounted for over half of all reported religion-based hate crimes. Additionally, hate crimes targeting the LGBTQI+ community saw a 16 percent increase. Muslim Americans and African Americans continue to be overrepresented among victims of hate crimes.
“The data is a reminder that hate never goes away, it only hides. Any hate crime is a stain on the soul of America,” President Biden stated.
The President acknowledged the fears of Americans who are concerned about violence at home due to the acts of terror perpetrated by Hamas in Israel. He reassured them by saying, “We see you. We hear you.” President Biden also announced that he has directed members of his team, including Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland, to prioritize the prevention and disruption of any emerging threats that could harm Jewish, Muslim, Arab American, or any other communities during this time. He emphasized his Administration’s commitment to combat Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
The report indicated that overall hate crime levels remained relatively steady compared to the previous year. Notably, hate crimes targeting Asian Americans fell by 38 percent, a positive trend attributed to legislation signed by President Biden to combat anti-Asian hate.
However, President Biden made it clear that there is more work to be done in ending hate-fueled violence. He urged all Americans to come together and speak out against hate and bigotry in all its forms. “All Americans deserve to live their lives with dignity, respect, and safety,” he concluded.
The release of these hate crime statistics serves as a stark reminder of the need for continued vigilance and efforts to address and combat hate crimes in the United States.