To hear the media tell it, you’d think since Donald Trump started running for President, America has been beset with a tidal wave of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes. Well, the FBI just released a new report, tallying up and cataloging all the reported hate crimes across America in 2016.
The total number of bias crime incidents of all types (race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) reported nationwide in 2016 was 6,121. Even one is too many, but that’s not appreciably more than the 5,818 reported in 2015. Of those, the number one victims were Jews. 684 incidents involved Jews; 307 involved Muslim victims. But is that a big increase since Trump’s ascent? No, in 2015, the number of hate crime incidents against Jews was 730, and against Muslims: 307.
If the media were writing stories based on facts instead of their own perceptions and opinions, we’d be seeing twice as many about anti-Semitism as we do about Islamophobia. What is the likelihood of that?
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