Hate Crimes Up Since Election; Critics Blame Trump

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In Sarasota, Fl., someone pulled a 75-year-old gay man from his car and beat him, saying, “You know my new president says we can kill all you f—— now.” In San Antonio, a man told an Asian girl, “When they see your eyes, you are going to be deported.” A teacher in Wesley Chapel, Fl., told black students: “Don’t make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa.” The Southern Poverty Law Center documented 867 “hate incidents” in the 10 days after Donald Trump was elected president, more than 300 of which included direct references to the president-elect or his campaign rhetoric, the Washington Post reports. The incidents included vandalism of places of worship, attacks on Muslim women in headscarves, and bullying of Hispanic students in schools.

Because the center began tracking incidents only after the election, it is impossible to determine whether Trump’s candidacy and election coincided with a rise in incidents. Richard Cohen, center president, said many of those who reported being harassed or targeted said they were shocked because they had never experienced anything like it, leading him to conclude that the divisive campaign has emboldened harassers. “We’re seeing something new in its intensity and ferocity,” Cohen said. In releasing a report yesterday, the center and other civil rights organizations accused Trump of inspiring acts of violence and harassment and of being too tepid in his condemnation of those behind them.  Trump told “60 Minutes” that news of Muslims and Hispanics being harassed saddened him. “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m gonna bring this country together,” he said. “I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.” Trump’s transition team said yesterday that Trump denounces racism of any kind and vows to be a leader for every American.

 

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