Hate crimes down overall, but gays more likely to be victims

The number of hate crime incidents and victims declined in 2009 compared with the previous year, the FBI reported Monday. Of more than 6,000 hate crime offenders, more than six in 10 were white while nearly two in 10 were black. In a separate study, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that homosexuals are far more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group. The center said that homosexuals, or those perceived to be gay, are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as Jews or blacks; more than four times as likely as Muslims; and 14 times as likely as Latinos.
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