Hate crimes up nationwide

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The FBI's latest statistics show that for the second year in a row, hate crimes are up across the nation. It's a nearly 5% increase from the previous year. The report also says more than half of the crimes based on religion target Jews. It's something that doesn't surprise Wichita Rabbi Michael Davis. 

"Unfortunately nothing new. There have been more and more incidences nationally," said Davis. 

Davis says there are no reported incidents in the Wichita area against the Jewish community, but not all cases may get reported. 

"There are things that don't get reported because people don't feel comfortable reporting them."

The Anti-Defamation League has created an interactive hate crime map on its website. It shows that in 2016, Wichita had 7 reported cases. Five of them were race-related, and 2 dealt with sexual orientation. Just a year earlier, in 2015, there were 15 hate crimes reported. Two of those were against Jews. 

"We are working locally to fight white supremacy and anti-Semitism and all sorts of racism in this community," said Davis. 

To help communities combat hate-crimes, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell signed the Mayor's Compact through the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate, extremism, and bigotry.  Yet, for Davis anti-Semitism is inescapable.  

"It's par for the course. This is what has been going on for generations for hundreds of years, for thousands of years," said Davis. 

Race-based crimes make up the majority of hate crimes, followed religion and sexual orientation. Click here to read the FBI Hate Crimes Report. 

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