BY JOSIAH BATES NOVEMBER 16, 2020 5:24 PM EST
Hate crimes are described by the FBI as an offense “motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.”
51 people were murdered as a result of hate crimes in 2019—more than double the number in 2018, and the largest figures since the federal government began tracking the numbers in the early 1990s.
This total includes the 23 people who were killed in the El Paso mass shooting last August. The suspect, Patrick Crusius, is facing federal hate crime charges.