If you look at state-​​by-​​state com­par­isons, you’ll see states … the North­east region reports hun­dreds of hate crimes yearly,” said Jack Levin, a leading hate crime expert at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. “Does that mean there are more hate crimes in Mass­a­chu­setts than in Mis­sis­sippi? Absolutely not.”

Mass­a­chu­setts reported 346 hate crimes in 2011.

But FBI num­bers don’t accu­rately depict the scope of the problem, Levin and other experts said. That’s because the agency relies on vol­un­tary reporting.

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