There were 6,604 incidents classified as hate crimes in the U.S. last year, down from 7,783 in 2008, the FBI just reported.
There's a pdf of the bureau's report here. Among the findings:
An analysis of the 6,598 single-bias incidents reported in 2009 showed the following:
— 48.5 percent were motivated by racial bias.
— 19.7 percent resulted from religious bias.
— 18.5 percent were linked to sexual-orientation bias.
— 11.8 percent stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias.
— 1.5 percent involved disability bias.
About 3,800 of the "single-bias" hate crimes were racially motivated, the FBI says, and 71 percent of those were "motivated by anti-black bias." That's little changed from 2008, when 73% were anti-black.
Of the 1,376 hate crimes "motivated by religious bias," 70 percent were anti-Jewish and 9 percent were anti-Islamic. In 2008, according to the FBI, about 66 percent of hate crimes involving religious bias were anti-Jewish and 8 percent were anti-Islamic.