Why are hate crimes on such a dramatic rise in the Show-Me State? The numbers being revealed show that hate crimes have never been higher in Missouri, but what could be behind the dramatic rise?

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According to an article from kansascity.com, Hate Crimes have reached an all-time high in Missouri. In the article they say...

"FBI hate crime data released this week shows that Missouri reported its highest ever number of hate crimes in 2021, the most recent year for which data is available. Law enforcement agencies in Missouri reported 194 hate crimes to the FBI in 2021, surpassing the state’s previous record of 167 hate crimes in 1993. Of these, more than half were motivated by racial bias, according to an analysis by The Star."

The article goes on to mention that Kansas City is the main culprit of these dramatic hate crime numbers, they had a reported 39 hate crimes compared to St. Louis which only had 9. If you look further back at their data Missouri has barely 50 hate crimes in 2003, almost 20 years later that number has almost quadrupled...To see the full data and article for yourself click here!

So why the dramatic rise? The article claims that the FBI attributes these historic numbers to racial bias. My opinion is that there is just so much pent-up frustration in people right now of all races, you see skyrocketing inflation, distrust in the government in the post covid world, and social media is just bringing out the worst in too many people. All I know is that this is something the state of Missouri needs to look at course correcting and fast! What do you think is behind the dramatic rise in hate crimes in the Show-Me State?

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