Incidents of hate in its many forms have been documented on an annual basis in the U.S. for many years. In recent years, the increase in the number and intensity of incidents reported has been significant. This is illustrated in recent reports by three organizations established to counter hate in our society.

ADL – The Anti-Defamation League

Each year, the ADL Center on Extremism tracks incidents of antisemitic harassment, vandalism and assault in the United States. Since 1979 this information has been published in an annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. In 2021, ADL tabulated 2,717 antisemitic incidents throughout the United States. This is a 34% increase over 2020 and the highest number on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979. Of the incidents recorded in 2021, 1,776 were cases of harassment, a 43% increase over 2020, and 853 incidents were cases of vandalism, a 14% increase. The 88 incidents of antisemitic assault (a 167% increase from 33 in 2020), involved 131 victims; none of the assaults were deadly.

American Jewish Committee

AJC’s 2021 State of Antisemitism in America report revealed that 24 percent of American Jews have been personally targeted by antisemitism in the past 12 months. The survey found that 90 percent of respondents believe antisemitism is a problem in the U.S., and 82 percent feel it has increased in the past five years.  AJC has released a Call to Action Against Antisemitism inviting  American society at large to take action to understand, respond to and prevent antisemitism. Among prescriptions for individual sectors of American leadership are those targeting local and state government and law enforcement.

Communities Against Hate

Established in March 2017, CAH was a national initiative led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It was a  coalition of national organizations and neighborhood groups that documented stories and responded to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate in the United States. In January 2019 CAH reported that more than two-thirds of Americans believed that hate incidents had intensified over the years following the 2016 elections. Its report, which documented where incidents occurred, which communities were most likely to experience them, and what form they most often took, is at Hate Magnified: Communities in Crisis.

Measures of Racial Disparities

The depth and breadth of systemic racism in America came under renewed examination in 2020 as COVID-19 swept away lives and livelihoods and as Black Lives Matter and related equal justice protests continued through that year and the following. This has resulted in growing awareness that the systemic racism that has tainted virtually every aspect of modern society must finally be dismantled. Following are selected indicators of the problem published in recent years. View the indicators here.