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FBI Says Hate Crimes on Slight Decline

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The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported in 2011 is slightly declined compared to the previous year, according to The Huffington Post.

Approximately half of the reported hate crimes in 2011 were motivated by racial bias, and one of every five was motivated by a sexual orientation bias or religious bias. One in five was motivated by bias involving national origin or ethnicity.

Almost 60 percent of the people who allegedly committed those crimes were White, while about 20 percent were Black.

The FBI has been collecting information on hate crimes for more than 20 years. The Huffington Post reports that the highest-recorded number of hate crimes was in 2001, when 9,730 such crimes were reported.