SPLC says over 400 hate crimes reported since election

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More than 400 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported following the election of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The civil rights organization released a report totaling 437 incidents nationwide through Monday evening, but said reports have continued to come in. Collected through news reports, social media, and direct submissions via SPLC’s #ReportHate page, the SPLC says these incidents, range from anti-Black to anti-woman to anti-LGBT incidents. There were many examples of vandalism and epithets directed at individuals.

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Anti-Black and anti-immigrant incidents were far and away the most reported with anti-Muslim being the third-most common. The category of “Trump” consisted of incidents where there was no clear racially defined target. There have also been reports of violence against Trump supporters.

The SPLC has called on Trump to openly condemn these hate-based incidents. and asks that those who experience or witness harassment or intimidation to report it to both law enforcement authorities and the SPLC.

And while President-elect Trump addressed the issue during an interview on “60 Minutes,” outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid thinks Trump needs to do much more.

“Stop hiding behind your Twitter account. And show America that racism, bullying and bigotry have no place in the White House or in America,” Reid said.

Here are a few examples of some of the reports:

Georgia

 

A Gwinnett County high school teacher said she was left a note in class Friday telling her that her Muslim headscarf “isn’t allowed anymore.” “Why don’t you tie it around your neck & hang yourself with it…,” the note said, signed “America!”

Texas

 

A Latina women reported: I was walking my baby at my neighborhood park and a truck drove by with a male driving and a female passenger. The female yelled “white power” at us as they drove by and then sped away.

Oregon

A Muslim woman was riding the Max to Beaverton in the early afternoon and a group of teenagers went to the corner of the car where she was sitting and got up in her face yelling at her that she was a terrorist, that our new president was going to deport her, that she can’t wear her hijab anymore. They got increasingly menacing, and my friend went over and made them get off the train. When they were leaving through the door they tried to spit on her.

Aside from news reports, SPLC notes that these reports are largely anecdotal as every incident could not be immediately, independently verified.

 

 

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