A lot of cities in Texas have higher hate crime rates than their neighbors, but that doesn’t mean that the state is a hotbed of hate crimes.
A recent study from the University of Michigan showed that there were just under 3,500 hate crimes in the state in 2015.
That’s slightly lower than the 4,500 recorded in 2016, but still well above the nationwide average of 3,065 reported cases in 2016.
And while the number of reported hate crimes has decreased in the past few years, there have been some significant increases in recent years.
Texas has reported more hate crimes than any other state in 2017.
The study also showed that the largest percentage of reported crimes was perpetrated by African Americans, while the second-largest percentage of crimes were against whites.
But there’s a big difference between a high-profile hate crime and a relatively minor incident, as the FBI found in a report from last year.
Hate crimes are not only the result of racial bias, but also the result, at least in part, of a lack of communication between police and community members, the report said.
Texas leads the nation in hate crimes, according to the FBI, with more than 7,000 reported incidents in 2016 and nearly 10,000 in 2017 alone.
That means that there’s likely a lot of hate crime happening right now.