American Indians and Alaska Natives experience the second-highest rate of race-based hate crimes in the U.S.
According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
, 115 Native Americans were the victims of hate crimes in 2012. Even though the number appears to be low, it accounted for 3.3 percent of all race-based incidents that year.
American Indians and Alaska Natives represent just 1.2 percent of the general population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
. So the FBI data means that Native Americans are more than twice as likely to victims of race-based hate crimes than other racial groups.
Highlighting the disparity, Wonkblog at The Washington Post converted the data to a per capita rate. According to the blog, 30 out of every 1 million Native American persons were the victims of hate crimes in 2012.
The rate is surpassed only by one other group. According to Wonkblog, more than 50 out of every 1 million African Americans were the victims of race-based hate crimes that year.
Going back to the FBI data, 1,805 single-bias incidents targeted African Americans in 2012. That accounts for 66.2 percent of all race-based hate crimes.
African Americans represent 13.2 percent of the general population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
, so they are more than five times as likely to be victims of hate crimes than other racial groups.
The latest data from from 2013
paints a worsening situation. According to the FBI, American Indians and Alaska Natives accounted for 4.5 percent of race-based hate crimes that year.
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