Race-Based Hate Crimes Spike in D.C.; Whites Most Common Victims, but Underreporting Feared

Andrea Noble, Washington Times, August 19, 2014

Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities.

D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.


The number of hate crimes reported in the District fell overall from 81 in 2012 to 70 in 2013.

The low level of reported race-based hate crimes, including the small number in which minorities were victims, could be a sign that minority victims are reluctant to report crimes, said David C. Friedman, director of the D.C. regional office of the Anti-Defamation League.

“In many African-American communities and other parts of the country, no matter what the demographics of the police department are, there are levels of concern” with coming forward, Mr. Friedman said.

Census data in 2013 put the District’s black population at just under 50 percent, with whites making up 35 percent of the population and Hispanics another 10 percent.

Of the 18 victims of race-motivated hate crimes last year, 10 were white, four were black, two Hispanic, one Asian and one of another race, according to D.C. police.

General mistrust of police among minority communities or language barriers among foreign-born populations could be reasons that victims don’t report, Mr. Friedman said.

“In the case of the District, there are very few hate crimes reported against Latinos and Asian-Americans,” he said. “But it would be wrong to conclude that there are none occurring.”

Data from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics shows a steep drop-off in the nationwide number of perceived hate crimes compared to the number actually reported to police and eventually classified as hate crimes. The department’s surveys indicated that from 2004-2012, an annual average of 270,000 victims believed they had suffered a hate crime. Of those, only an average of 104,000 were reported to police and only 14,000 were officially classified as hate crimes, said Michael Planty, chief of victimization statistics at BJS.


Delroy Burton, chairman of the D.C. police department’s branch of the Fraternal Order of Police, agrees there are likely many more race-motivated crimes occurring in the city, but officers may not always have the evidence they need to support the classification as a hate crime.

“Unless the person is expressing ‘This is because you’re gay, you’re black, you’re white, you’re Latino,’ it’s really, really hard to capture if it’s a hate crime,” Mr. Burton said. “What I’m hearing from my guys suggests that there are more hate crimes out there, but the suspects are not saying anything.”


Mr. Burton said he was not entirely surprised by the fact that 13 of the 18 racially motivated hate crime suspects were black.

“Regardless of what the category of crime is, the vast majority of the people committing those crimes will be black. It’s just a demographic issue,” Mr. Burton said.

The hate crimes recorded by police most often turned out to be assaults. Police said of the 70 hate crimes last year, 31 were simple assaults and 12 were more serious attacks. Other crimes included 12 instances in which a person made threats, eight incidents of destruction of property and seven robberies.

Under D.C. law, if a person is found guilty of a hate crime, the court may fine the offender up to 1 times the maximum fine and imprison him or her for up to 1 times the maximum term authorized for the underlying crime.


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  • MekongDelta69

    So what else is new? This has been steadily going on for fifty years.

  • The actual story is that most D.C. hate crimes are black perp white vic, but the body of the article does everything it can not to expound upon that and goes so far as to make you think that a lot of of black vic hate crimes are covered up (as if).

  • Who Me?

    Horrors! The statistics show that blacks commit more crimes than Whites, and they target Whites more than other Whites, too. This just can’t be! It MUST be something else. What can we say, how do we hide this?
    OH, I know! We’ll just say the poor downtrodden minorities are so scared of the big, bad racists they can’t report their victimization out of fear! Yep! That ought to work till we think up something better.

  • ncpride

    The low level of reported race-based hate crimes, including the small number in which minorities were victims, could be a sign that minority victims are reluctant to report crimes, said David C. Friedman, director of the D.C. regional office of the Anti-Defamation League.

    As if anyone with half a brain would believe a word these White- hating thugs have to say. They’d look for ‘racism’ under their grannies skirts if there was the slightest opportunity to accuse White people of SOMETHING…anything. The comments on the original article are promising. Let the White awakening continue.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Must Whites be violently harassed for them to do what everyone else in the world does and advocate for their future existence? Alas, it seems so.

  • Lewis33

    “The low level of reported race-based hate crimes, including the small number in which minorities were victims, could be a sign that minority victims are reluctant to report crimes, said David C. Friedman, director of the D.C. regional office of the Anti-Defamation League.”

    Making ridiculous statements like this is why those who must not be named need a Anti-Defamation League.

    • Larry Klein

      Yep complete opinion with no basis in fact.

    • jim b

      All the while they are poking you in the eye they are yelling how they are the one being abused. I know the drill….

    • Paleoconn

      Yeah, his tribe is notorious for not reporting the slightest harm that befalls one of theirs.

  • Larry Klein

    Yeah we all know what shrinking violets blacks are when it comes to crying about being victims of hate crimes. Do these “analysts” freelance for the Onion?

    • John R

      Yep, where I work, I had a customer, who was African American. I said to him, “I don’t want you n###ers in my store!” He bowed his head, and left. He was too ashamed to say anything about it. Another person, a White man, asked him to speak up, but he refused. “That’s alright. I am used to it by now.”

      Okay, people, wake up! If you actually BELIEVE that story….well, something about bridges.

      • Alas… if only we lived in your beautiful dream world… didn’t believe the story, but I hope one day we all regain our right to do as you depict!

  • Publius Pompilius Quietus

    If Whites rioted every time a black person killed a white person, it’d be utter chaos in America 24/7, and all the rioters would be called racist scum. That ought makes folks question the moralistic preening we see day and night about Ferguson. But, of course, we don’t live in a place were logic prevails.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Make NO MISTAKE, if Whites ever riot, deadly force will be used without reservation by this administration–with no redress.

      They salivate for that opportunity.

  • dd121

    Andrea, if you think crimes against the poor abused blacks are under-reported, why don’t you put your coffee and doughnuts down and do a little investigative reporting. After all, that is your job.

  • When I was an academic, the “underreporting” junk was tossed out all time by professional victims groups and libtard professors.

    The underreporting went this way:
    Blacks afraid racist cops will murder them, so they don’t report.

    Mexicans afraid the cops will deport them, so they don’t report.

    Sodomites afraid of mockery and ridicule, so they don’t report.

    Women, ashamed and afraid, don’t report their rapes.

    Nobody reports but us stupid old white males who control the system and “oppress” everyone else. I knew a Unitarian history prof, classic white liberal (Lexus driver, save the whales, Birkenstocks, feminists are great, men are oppressors, white men are racists) who spouted this nonsense all the time. Glad to be away from it.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Ugh, Unitarians, one step away from atheists (one of the major early atheists, Lemuel Washburn, started out as a Unitarian minister). And to think they are the spiritual descendants of the Pilgrims. What a disgrace.

      • Alexandra1973

        I refer to the UU church as the “leftie church” for a reason. Anything goes there, it seems.

        My church is independent fundamentalist Baptist. 🙂

    • David Ashton

      These people are mentally ill.

  • John R

    Blacks reluctant to report an attack on them by a White person? Are you serious? And, btw, I seriously doubt, (Yes, I AM serious!) that there was even one actual attack in that year on a black person by a “real” White person that was motivated by race. Nary one. The few “hate crimes” on blacks that did occur, if any really did, were certainly done by Hispanics. (Both the mulatto and the mestizo variety.).

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Blacks just must not be reporting hate crimes against them.
    Someone at Amren has a wicked sense of humor, I had Mt. Dew spurting from my nose. That’s like having a winning lotto ticket and not turning it in.

  • LHathaway

    Sanity is a distant dream

  • WR_the_realist

    Does anybody believe for a moment that any black person would be reluctant to go to the cops about a hate crime perpetrated against him by a white person? Hell, the $$$ will be flashing in his eyes. The black community will hold a riot in his honor. Who could resist such fame and fortune?

  • Mahound

    The ADL has got to be one of the most evil anti-white cabals out there.

  • glennm

    they will make up anything

  • John R

    How many “Hispanic Caucasians” do we REALLY have? Seriously. Yeah, we get a lot of immigrants from Spain, huh, you betcha!

  • Bandmoo

    Show on TruTV called “Bait Car”, need one called “Bait Cracker”.

  • David Ashton

    “Just” a “demographic” issue!