Two-Thirds Of Race-Based Crimes Targeted Hispanics In 2010

The FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report today, revealing that 66.6 percent of victims of racially motivated hate crimes last year were “targeted because of an anti-Hispanic bias.” This marks the “highest percentage of such victims in at least the past decade.” In 2010, 747 Hispanics were victims of racially targeted crime while, in 2003, 595 were victims. According to the National Institute of Justice study, hate crimes against Latinos “rose disproportionally to other hate crimes between 2004 and 2008.” The increased violence comes as right-wing conservatives push extreme, anti-immigration legislation across the country that vilify Hispanic students, marginalize hospital patients, and force immigrants to leave increasingly hostile states.