The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year. In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity.
More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people. There were two crimes motivated by a victim's religion and two by a victim's gender identity.
Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately previous year, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73.
Although the Department of Justice estimates that 250,000 hate crimes are committed per year, the majority of those crimes go unreported.
The latest overall figure included sharper spikes in hate crimes targeting several minority groups.
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Since the election, discrimination against Muslims has increased and more Muslims say they fear for their place in American society.
He won the white vote by a 21 percentage point margin over Clinton, while she captured black voters by an 80 point spread and Hispanic voters by 36 points.
"Rhetoric becomes physical violence unless you do something to change it". It expressed "disappointment" at the trend and also pointed to a lack of voluntary reporting by police agencies around the country, saying that "nearly 90 cities" with more than 100,000 residents either reported no hate crimes or did not respond to the FBI's request for data.
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Sessions said that the Justice Department's Hate Crimes Subcommittee will continue to "explore ways to expand and improve training for federal, state, and local prosecutors and investigators; improve data collection of hate crimes; and to create even better partnerships with local law enforcement and affected communities".