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Fast Facts on Mississippi Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 14 26 16
Religion 2 0 1
Sexual Orientation 0 2 4
Disability 0 0 5
Gender 0 3 1
Gender Identity 0 0 2
Total: 16 31 29

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 20 62.5%
Crimes Against Property 7 21.9%
Crimes Against Society 5 15.6%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 16 55.2%
Religion 1 3.4%
Sexual Orientation 4 13.8%
Disability 5 17.2%
Gender 1 3.4%
Gender Identity 2 6.9%


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  

Case Examples

A judge sentenced a Mississippi man to more than three years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime and arson charges.

According to the plea, on December 3, 2020, the defendant made racial slurs toward his Black neighbors, then burned a cross near their property to intimidate them.

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Graham Williamson and Louie Revette, of Seminary, Mississippi, were sentenced for a racially motivated crossburning in a predominantly African-American residential area. Williamson was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison. Revette was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for recruiting Williamson, planning, and executing the crossburning.

In October 2017, the two men built a cross that they set up and lit on fire near the homes of African-American residents in the Keys Hill area of Seminary, Mississippi. Both men admitted to knowing that burning crosses have historically been used to threaten, frighten, and intimidate African-Americans, and that they wanted to make the community members in the neighborhood fearful. The crossburning was mostly directed at a young African-American victim and placed near the victim’s home.

Williamson Sentencing:

Revette Sentencing:


March 9, 2023

Mississippi Man Sentenced for Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

December 2, 2022

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

September 23, 2022

Mississippi Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

December 6, 2021

Federal Officials Close Cold Case Re-Investigation of Murder of Emmett Till

September 30, 2021

FBI Launches Hate Crimes Awareness Campaign in Mississippi

November 5, 2019

Mississippi Man Sentenced to 36 Months for Crossburning

September 10, 2019

Mississippi Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Crossburning

August 6, 2019

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Crossburning

April 12, 2019

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime For Crossburning

November 26, 2018

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement in response to nooses and hate signs found this morning outside the Mississippi State Capitol:

May 15, 2017

Mississippi Man Sentenced To 49 Years in Prison for Bias-Motivated Murder of Transgender Woman in Lucedale, Mississippi


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office



1220 Echelon Parkway
Jackson, MS 39213

T: 601.948.5000

U.S. Attorneys' Offices



Northern District of Mississippi (Oxford)

Southern District of Mississippi (Jackson)

CRS Regional Offices



Southeastern Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street SW
Suite 7B65
Atlanta, GA 30303

T: 404.331.6883
F: 404.331.4471

Southeastern Field Office
51 SW First Avenue
Suite 624
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.536.5206
F: 305.536.6778

Updated November 16, 2023