With hate crimes on rise in New Jersey, FBI urges residents to report incidents to authorities

By Hannah Kanik, Philly Voice |

Across the country, hate crimes have risen to their highest level in more than a decade, according to an FBI report released last November. It also found hate-motivated killings increased.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have been scapegoated for the coronavirus based on their race, that Associated Press reported.

What's more, a report released earlier this year found that Asian Americans are among the least likely people to report hate crimes committed against them, fearing retaliation and having concerns that justice will not be served. 

In a survey published by AAPI Data, a policy and research nonprofit group, just 30% of Asian Americans said they felt "very comfortable" reporting a hate crime, compared to 45% of Black Americans and 42% of Latino Americans, NBC News reported