Spike in Hate Crime Rates Following the Election

Southern Poverty Law Center

Since the results of Tuesday’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported “201 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation across the country.”


These incidents range from racism, to misogyny to homophobia, and include examples of vandalism as well as direct threats. Most confrontations, though not all, reportedly included direct references to the Trump campaign.

“My 12-year-old daughter is African American,” one report read. “A boy approached her and said, ‘now that Trump is president, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find.’ We reported it to the school who followed up with my daughter and the boy appropriately.”

Anti-black harassment was the most common with more than 50 reported incidents. Anti-immigrant harassment was also common, with just under 50 reported incidents.

The majority of reported incidents took place in K-12 schools and colleges.

“’Build a wall’ was chanted in our cafeteria Wed at lunch,” read another report. “‘If you aren’t born here, pack your bags’ was shouted in my own classroom. ‘Get out spic’ was said in our halls.”

However, there were also multiple reports of drive-by offenses.

“White males in black Ford truck were calling a black family in vehicle next to them N***ers, and yelling that it was Trump’s country now,” came a report near Anaheim, California. “Truck sped off before I could get license info.”

If you have seen or experienced any hate crime, The Southern Poverty Law Center recommends reporting hate-speech and harassment incidents to local law enforcement first, and then following up with a submission to the SPLC #ReportHate page.

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