A recent Pew Research Center report on its Social Hostilities Index (SHI) revealed that in 2017, the global median score increased to its highest level since the index began in 2007.
The index measures “acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organizations or groups in society,” and is broken down into several categories: Hostilities related to religious norms; interreligious tension and violence; religious violence by organized groups; and individual and social group harassment.
The region encompassing the Middle East and North Africa was once again the area with the highest median level of social hostilities, according to the report, scoring more than double the global median.
But the report also noted an uptick in white nationalist activity in both Europe and the United States.
Regarding the category “individual and social group harassment,” the report states:
The U.S. also ranked among the highest-scoring countries in this category in 2017, in part because of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists were protesting the removal of a Confederate statue from a park. Protesters expressed anti-Semitic and racist sentiments, displaying swastika flags and chanting “Jews will not replace us!”
The United States made the top ten distinction in this category.