More than 9,500 U.S. victims of hate crimes reported in ’07


WASHINGTON — More than 9,500 people in the United States were victims last year of hate crimes targeted because of their skin color, religious belief, sexual orientation or ethnic origins, the FBI said Monday. More than half of the 9,527 victims of hate crimes committed in the United States last year were attacked because of their race, and seven out of 10 of those victims were black Americans, the FBI report said. Around 18 percent of racially motivated hate crimes were against white victims. The race of identified perpetrators of all the 9,006 hate crimes committed last year was almost the mirror opposite of the profiles of the victims: around 63 percent of the offenders were white and around 21 percent were black. The race of 10 percent of offenders was unknown and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders, the report said.

Attacks motivated by a person’s religion or sexual orientation each accounted for around 16 percent of hate crimes, while 14 percent of hate crimes were motivated by the victim’s ethnic origins.