Nearly 900 Hate Crimes Have Happened In 10 Days Following Trump's Election
Following the announcement of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the number of reported hate crimes across the country have increased significantly.
According to the non profit Southern Poverty Law Center, in the 10 days since Trump's presidential election win 867 hate crimes and lower level hate related incidents have been officially reported.
Out of those 867, 505 of those incidents occurred in just the first three days after November 8, lending further support to the belief that Trump's victory made racists feel comfortable expressing their bigotry through intimidation, words and violence.
Most hate incidents have occurred in schools — K-12 and college settings — some which we have reported on. One such hate crime occurred at Baylor University, in which student Natasha Nkhama was called a ni**er by a male student. When another male student confronted him, he responded "Dude, like what…I'm just trying to make America great again."
The SPLC also reported that of those 867 hate crimes, 280 (or 32 percent) were motivated by anti immigrant sentiment, while 180 (or 23 percent) were motivated by anti black sentiment. With each
The organization also notes that these occurrences "almost certainly represent a small fraction of the actual number of election-related hate incidents that have occurred," due to the fact that the Bureau of Justice Statistics has found two thirds of hate crimes go unreported.
The report also notes: "The underreporting problem is surely more severe when it comes to hate incidents that may not rise to the level of criminal violations and that are being reported to a new, little-known repository established by a private organization."
Read the full report here. If you find yourself the victim of a hate crime, the SPLC recommends that you report it to your local law enforcement first. You can also submit an incident to the organization using this form, which helps them monitor hateful intimidation and harassment across the country.