In context, the violent crimes against persons allegedly because of “hate” pales in comparison to the over-all figures.10 There were a total of 1,367,009 violent crimes against persons in 2004, of which 774 were allegedly motivated by “hate.”
The FBI reported 16,137 murders in 2004, of which 5 were allegedly “hate” crimes; it reported 94,635 forcible rapes, of which 4 were allegedly “hate” crimes; and it reported 854,911 aggravated assaults, of which 765 were allegedly “hate” crimes.
Overall, the FBI reported that 53.8% of “hate” crimes were motivated by the race of the victim, 16.4% were motivated by the religion of the victim, 15.6% were motivated by the sexual orientation of the victim, and 13.3% were motivated by the ethnicity of the victim.
It is noteworthy that the numbers reported 9 represent alleged hate crimes, not proven hate crimes. That means the statistics include crimes like the murder of Matthew Shepard, which according to a 2004 ABC 20/20 Report, was related not to his sexual orientation, but to the perpetrators’ interest in money and drugs. “New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder,” ABC News, November 26, 2004 (see http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=277685).
The 2007 statistics will likely include the recent natural death of Andrew Anthos, an elderly man in Michigan. Mr. Anthos’ death was initially reported to be the result of a hate crime, but was later determined by the medical examiner that conducted his autopsy to be the result of natural causes. “Medical Examiner: Spinal Disease Killed Andrew Anthos,” Detroit News, March 30, 2007 (see http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/METRO/703300308/1003). “Hate” crime advocates refuse to accept the physical evidence that there was no crime.