Hate crimes surge in Detroit’s suburbs while attacks decrease in rest of country

Hate crimes reported in Michigan rose 12% in 2011, in large part because of a major uptick in the suburbs, the FBI revealed Monday.

Nationwide, hate crimes dropped 6%.

Roseville led the state with 22 reported hate crimes, followed by 20 in Dearborn, 18 in Livonia and 16 in both Hamtramck and West Bloomfield Township. Only 14 hate crimes were reported in Detroit.

A majority of the hate crimes in metro Detroit were motivated by race and ethnicity.

Statewide, most reported hate crimes – 227 of 346 – also were racially motivated. The 13% rise in race-based attacks statewide, however, was morphed by a 34% spike in hate crimes against people for religious reasons.

Attacks against gays and lesbians remained the same at 49.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.