Since voters elected Donald Trump president, outbursts of vitriol, both verbal and physical, have been widely reported in the news and on social media. Civil rights groups say their inboxes and call centers are lighting up with reports of attacks, reports the New York Times. The groups caution that it is too early to be certain how many of the accusations are legitimate, or how long the uptick will continue. “It doesn’t compare to the civil rights movement. No one is blowing up churches,” said Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. “But I don’t think there’s any question that there’s been an increase.”
Andrew Anglin, a Trump supporter and a leader of the alt-right movement, called explicitly for intimidation of “brown people” on his neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. “I am of course against any violence against these people,” he wrote. “However, I do think you should yell at them. We want them to feel that everything around them is against them. And we want them to be afraid.” The Southern Poverty Law Center created a web page to funnel the reports, and received more than 200 within 24 hours. The center started an online petition, which had more than 35,000 signatures as of Friday, asking said Trump to condemn the behavior. Analyzing hate crime data to identify trends can take months, said Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. In the meantime, he said, it will be important to monitor nonviolent activity like vandalism, verbal altercations and conflict on social media, which can escalate to violence.