Humboldt State University saw three reported hate crimes in 2018, according to FBI statistics released this week.
The university’s own reporting of on-campus crime earlier this year indicated two hate crimes occurring in 2018 — both incidents of vandalism and relating to racial bias.
The crimes outlined in the FBI’s report each belonged to a separate category: Race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion and gender. All were reported in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The disparity between the two reports is unclear. HSU did not immediately provide comment for this story.
Across the United States, the number of hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018 after three consecutive years of increases. There were 7,120 reported hate crimes in 2018, down from 7,175 in 2017.
Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell and the county at large didn’t report statistics to the FBI. Ferndale, the lone city in the county that did report stats, indicated one hate crime, which was reportedly on the basis of sexual orientation.
The report is compiled by using data submitted by more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies around the U.S.
Religion-based hate crimes decreased by about 8 percent in 2018, with 835 incidents targeting Jews and Jewish institutions. That’s down from 938 incidents in 2017.
The Anti-Defamation League said Jews and Jewish institutions continued “to be at the center of religion-based hate crime attacks.”
Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504. The Associated Press contributed to this story.