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RACIAL BIAS SPARKED 60% OF HATE CRIMES

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The FBI says more than three out of every five hate crimes in 1995 were motivated by race, and blacks were the targets in three out of five of the racial attacks.

Citing preliminary data, the FBI said Monday that 7,947 hate crimes were reported during 1995, but it emphasized that its figures were incomplete. The bureau said the 1995 data could not be compared with previous year's totals because the number of police agencies reporting had grown substantially.Reporting is voluntary, and 9,500 police agencies in 45 states and the District of Columbia supplied data for 1995. Those agencies serve 75 percent of the U.S. population.

Race was the motivation in 4,831 of the crimes, or 60.8 percent. Of the racially motivated crimes, 2,988 incidents were directed at blacks, or 61.9 percent. Whites were targets of 1,226 of the racially motivated hate crimes, 25.4 percent.

Religious bias was the second most frequent motivation, with Jews the most frequent target. Religious bias was behind 1,277 incidents, or 16.1 percent of the hate crime totals. Of the religion-motivated attacks, Jews were targets in 1,058 instances, or 82.9 percent.

Sexual orientation motivated 1,019 crimes, or 12.8 percent of the total. Attacks on male homosexuals accounted for 735, or 72.1 percent, of these crimes.

Ethnicity and national origin were behind 814 crimes, 10.2 percent of the total. Hispanics were targets of 516, or 63.4 percent, of these crimes.

Intimidation was the most frequently reported hate crime.