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Alarming New Report Shows Hate Crimes in Chicago Hit Highest Level Since 1994

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Chicago hate crimes 84% according to report from Center for Study of Hate, Extremism at California State University
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A national report has revealed that hate crimes in Chicago surged to their highest level since 1994, underscoring a concerning trend that has been observed across the nation. The report, which is set to be published in the coming weeks, highlights the distressing reality that hate crimes have reached alarming proportions in the city.

In contrast to the 104 incidents of hate crimes reported in 2021, Chicago documented 192 hate crimes in 2022, marking an 84% increase. The largest increase last year was hate crimes against Jews and Blacks. This information is derived from a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

The surge in hate crimes in Chicago outpaced the increase observed in the other top 10 most populous U.S. cities. New York City's hate crime reports rose from 531 to 607, while Los Angeles documented 433 hate crimes in 2021 and 609 in 2022. Interestingly, only three of these major cities—Phoenix, San Antonio, and San Diego—reported a decline in hate crime incidents.

The Chicago City Council has taken notice of the escalating hate crimes, particularly following a significant 71% increase in reports to the city's Commission on Human Relations during a specific period last year. This indicates a growing concern within the city's government about the rise in hate-related incidents.

The report's findings show that hate crimes against marginalized communities in Chicago have escalated significantly. This increase in hate crimes is a matter of great concern for both local authorities and the affected communities. Hate crimes not only have a devastating impact on the victims and their families but also erode the social fabric of the city.

The escalation of hate crimes in Chicago is part of a broader national trend. The report reveals that most of the nation's major cities experienced significant increases in hate crimes in 2022, with numbers averaging a 22% rise, resulting in a record 1,889 cases in the ten largest cities.

Local law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and advocacy groups are closely monitoring this disturbing trend and working to combat hate crimes. Public awareness, education, and increased vigilance are being advocated as essential steps in addressing this issue.

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