NEW YORK – The FBI says hate crimes are down in the US in 2014, but not against Muslims.
An FBI statistics report shows that from close to 6,000 hate crimes in the country that number dropped to just over 5,400 in 2014.
But while most categories of hate crime against the LGBT people, blacks, Latinos, and Jews dropped, there was an increase in hate crimes against Muslims from 135 in 2013 to 154 in 2014.
Meanwhile, following last week’s Paris attacks, an Orlando Muslim family claims gunfire that hit their home was aimed at them. Amir Elmasri says his family has become a target for their religious beliefs. Deputies are looking into the possibility of a hate crime.
In Toronto, Canada, police believe a recent attack on a Muslim woman was a hate crime.
It happened while the woman who did not want to be identified was walking to an elementary school to get her children.
She told police two men grabbed her from behind and began beating her.
Filipina Muslim princess Potri Ranka Manis of New York told Balitang America that she has felt an anti-Muslim sentiment toward her since the Paris attack.
“People look at you differently,” she said in an interview via Skype. “You become a suspect in their eyes. In fact, there are jokes in my job, after maybe looking at some news, they say, ‘Are you ISIS?’ I say, that’s not a joke. Don’t make jokes out of that because that is very sensitive these days.”