Monday, November 21, 2016

Rise in hate crimes across America post-Trump election

Krupa Shah & Lauren Walinski
Staff Writers

Ever since Donald Trump’s election a few days ago, hate crimes have been cropping up across the country. These crimes range anywhere from swastikas and hateful messages being graffitied in bathroom stalls or store or home walls. These messages include phrases as “make America white again,” “black lives don’t matter,” “gay families = burn in hell,” “go back to where you came from” and others.
  People are also reporting being harassed in the street. Women all over the country are reporting sexual harassment, including men using phrases such as “grab them by the p*ssy” as said by our current president-elect. People of color have reported being called racial slurs and being told to return to Africa, Mexico, or other countries, sometimes even being told to go “back” to the wrong country. Many people who have been told this are American born citizens. Members of the LGBTQ community have reported being called slurs as well, and being told their marriages would be overturned. Threats on people’s lives have also been made, such as an incident that took place at the University of Pennsylvania where black freshman were all added to a GroupMe chat called “N***er Lynching.” Racial slurs and images of lynching were shared. Threats of lynching and a “Daily Lynching” event were also shared with the group. At Royal Oak Middle School, white students were caught on film chanting “build the wall” in their cafeteria during lunch. Another Pennsylvania principal has also reported many white students chanting “Cotton picker,” “You’re a N***er,” and “Heil Hitler” at the students of color.
  Physical assaults have also been reported by many. Muslim women wearing hijabs have reported had them ripped off their heads, forcing some women to remove their hijabs for their own safety. Many Muslim people and people of color have reported being robbed, assaulted, and even people attempting to run them over in crosswalks. Women have reported being grabbed and groped without their consent in public. Kids have been bullied and beat up for their race, religion, or sexuality. One teenager had a bottle broken over his head at a bar on a date with another guy. Many people of color are being presumed to be an ethnicity that they are not. For example, one woman who was sitting in a restaurant when an older white man began to harass her. Presuming, that she was of Mexican descent he said, “I can’t wait until Trump asks us to rape your people and send you back over the biggest d*nm wall we’re ever going to build. Go back to hell, w*tback”. After this was said he threw her drink in her face and gave her the middle finger before walking away.
  The reason Trump’s election has caused hate crimes to spike is because Trump ran a platform of hate. He ran on racism, sexism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, and homophobia and when he won it validated these views to every other American who held them. If the President-elect could say and do bigoted things, then any average American could, too, if he won Presidency. It also shows that if a person in a position of authority does something inappropriate it is acceptable for one of their followers to follow suit. Trump fostered a campaign playing into the hatred of this country. Now hatred has won, and this is the result.
  The following reporters and sources were consulted:
USA Today:
Dallas Morning News:
Southern Poverty Law Center:


  1. I would like to know if the writersof the article have heard of or have seen any incidences of hate occurring in our district schools?

  2. One of the cardinal axioms journalism is to present different points of view so that the reader can come to a fair and just conclusion as to the truth. When one point of view is being expressed as witnessed by the sources listed at the end of the article, the truth is skewed.
    I would hope that the writers of the article view Fox News, Channel 820 which is on all day with special attention to the Shawn Hannity show from 10-11pm. You can also hear him from 3 PM to 6 PM Monday to Friday on radio Station 710.
    You may also listen to Michael Savage from 3PM to 5PM on radio station 770 AM.
    Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, " You are closer to the truth if you have no idea of it rather than having a false idea of it.

    1. Isn't it amazing that all of the incidences of violence cited in the first four paragraphs were instigated by Trump supporters? Is it possible that the reporters found no examples of violence instigated by Hillary's supporters?
      Let's see. Google the following: Violence by Hillary's people following Trump's election.
      (a) "Donald Trump's U S presidential win sparks riots by Hillary Clinton fans as fighting erupts outside the White House." The article was written by Simon Tomlinson and Sam Webb, Nov. 9th, 2016.
      (b) "Liberals rioting after Trump destroys Hillary Clinton (photos)
      (c) " Why hasn't Hillary Denounced the Violent Anti Trump Riots?"This was written by Sean Davis from the " Federalist".
      I can go on and on, but I would hope that you get the picture. To be fair and balanced, jouralists have to present all sides of a story.

    2. First off, hi, I'm Lauren, one of the authors of this article. It's been over a month since we wrote it, so it's a little surprising to see you back. Either way, I do have a response for you.
      For starters, we weren't writing about violence. We were writing about hate crimes which were motivated by bigotry. You provided me of examples of riots not motivated by bigotry. Riots aren't hate crimes, they're riots. Does that make violent riots okay? No, not really, but that's not what we were writing about.
      As per your comment suggesting networks to look at, I looked for articles that were reporting on hate crimes and nothing from those sources came up, at least not in my search for stories.

    3. Lauren & Krupa - congratulations on a very well written piece. Clearly, as student journalists, you're still developing your research methods and point of view. Developing your writing style is important and you should not let others opinion of the content derail you as you develop your own point of view.

      Lauren - contrats, also, on a mature and thoughtful response to comments (over such a long period of time!) that clearly did not afford you the respect you deserve!

      Great job girls!