Racism is Alive in NH: Hate Crimes Spike from 2015 to 2016
CONCORD (AP) — FBI statistics show there were 40 hate crimes reported in New Hampshire last year, a large jump over 2015 when just 15 were reported in the state.
The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the FBI on Monday finds that 15 of the hate crimes reported in the state last year were associated with race or ethnicity. Six were related to religion; five were associated with sexual orientation.
Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity. The FBI says there were increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people.
Several incidents in New Hampshire this year have drawn national attention.
At the University of New Hampshire in Durham, the school held several forums after tensions grew high at the end of last year.
However, this year has not been problem free. In September, a video of several sorority members singing the "N-word" in a popular Kanye West song surfaced on social media.
On Sept. 1, an elementary school student in the town had to endure taunts from another boy that were described as racial as well as "unwanted physical contact."
Also in September, a 9-year-old bi-racial boy in Claremont suffered severe burns on his neck after almost being hanged from a rope around his neck.
In 2014, New Hampshire had reports of 22 hate crimes. The previous year, the state reported 23 hate crimes and in 2012, 34 were reported.