Are Tennessee hate crimes really declining?

Reliably conservative Tennessee has managed to show a decline in hate crimes over the past few years, but the statistics may not tell the whole story.


On May 4, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released a report stating hate crimes in Tennessee went down from 2015 to 2016. The number of racially-motivated hate crimes had increased from 95 in 2014 to 127 in 2015, but went back down to 112  in 2016. Racially-motivated offenses made up more of the state’s total reported hate crimes in 2016, about 40 percent. In comparison, in 2014 they comprised about 25 percent, and in 2015, about 21 percent.

Read more at Salon.


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