Acts of Hatred, Racism Come in Immediate Aftermath of Donald Trump’s Election
Patch is documenting incidents of hatred and racism in the aftermath of the presidential election.
After a long and contentious election in which Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, there has been a steady stream of demonstrations across the country with protesters unhappy with the results taking to the streets and breaking out in chants of “We reject the president-elect,” and “not my president.”
The protests are not the only thing to occur in the immediate aftermath of the election. Incidents motivated by racism and hatred have come to the forefront of the national conversation, with an uptick of such incidents being reported across the country. The hateful acts have manifested in schools, college campuses, businesses and places of worship. The Southern Poverty Law Center is monitoring reports of racist harassment and intimidation and has so far recorded 201 such incidents across the country as of Nov. 11. The SPLC pulled the information from news reports, social media and direct submissions sent to them but noted that each incident could not be independently and immediately verified.
“Often times, types of harassment overlapped and many incidents, though not all, involved direct references to the Trump campaign,” the SPLC stated.
The Anti-Defamation League said following the election of Trump, there has been a sharp spike in reports of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism, including the widespread use of swastikas and other Nazi imagery.
Oren Segal, Director for the ADL’s center on extremism, told Patch that there are more of these incidents being reported and while it is too early to say if there is a spike particularly and it remains difficult to compare them to another time in history, he said the context is different and somewhat unique.
He said it is not uncommon to see Swastikas or graffiti that is anti-Muslim or anti-gay, however, what is uncommon is seeing incidents linked to a particular campaign. He said the incidents seem to be more than just harassment and vandalism and seem to be, “loaded with the country’s anxiety.”
In his first interview as president-elect on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Trump was asked about the racist and hateful acts popping up in his name. Below is the exchange between Trump and CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl from the interview that aired Sunday night.
Donald Trump: I am very surprised to hear that– I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that–
Lesley Stahl: But you do hear it?
Donald Trump: I don’t hear it—I saw, I saw one or two instances…
Lesley Stahl: On social media?
Donald Trump: But I think it’s a very small amount. Again, I think it’s–
Lesley Stahl: Do you want to say anything to those people?
Donald Trump: I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m gonna bring this country together.
Lesley Stahl: They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims–
Donald Trump: I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “Stop it.” If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.
Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as White House strategist, the former executive of the news website Breitbart who has an alleged history of anti-Semitism and served as the Trump campaign’s chief executive, might have negated any of Trump’s efforts to call on Americans to stop the hateful acts.
Racial tensions in the country have been heightened lately, and acts of vandalism and violence had already begun to pop up during the general election, such as the vandalism of a black church in Mississippi where the words “Vote Trump” were scrawled on its side or the firebombing of a local GOP office in North Carolina where the words Nazi Republicans leave town or else,” were left on a nearby building. Non-white communities have always dealt with racist acts but there is something about the tone of the incidents that have taken place post-election that sets them apart.
Segal, of the ADL, explained that the impact of these incidents is beyond local. While they always affect local communities, people may think of these instances of racism as a reflection of where America is headed.
“Now it almost has the appearance of something that is broader so it creates anxiety,” he said.
With a country that is still processing what is going on, Segal said there is leadership required from community leaders up to the highest offices in the nation to reject and condemn what is going on and to do so constantly.
Patch has reported on several instances of such incidents and is compiling a list that will be constantly updated as we report on more acts motivated by racism and hatred. (Note: The list is organized based on the date Patch reported on the incident)
MILFORD, MA—About four weeks ago, copies of the KKK newspaper “The Crusader” was thrown in the driveways of one of Milford’s neighborhoods, and residents in another neighborhood are now complaining that it happened again over the weekend.
BOSTON, MA — A young man alleges he was physically and verbally assaulted outside a Boston bar over his support for President-elect Donald Trump, called a “racist” and told him he “took a wrong turn. ‘You know you’re in Massachusetts.'”
DACULA, GA — The Dacula High School community is rallying around a Muslim teacher who says she received a note urging her to hang herself with the headscarf she regularly wears.
WACO, TX — Students at Baylor University at Waco have employed the tactics of love to combat a recent incident of hate on campus, rallying around a student who was shoved off a sidewalk on college grounds by a suspect who said “I’m just trying to make America great again,” a reference to the election slogan used by Donald Trump in reaching the presidency, the victim later recalled.
ABILENE, TX — Two Abilene Christian University students have been expelled after a Snapchat video surfaced on Monday showing one of them in blackface while mimicking a black person with racist exaggerated features.
DALLAS, TX — Officials at Southern Methodist University in Dallas are investigating after two offensive fliers were found Sunday night in two stairwells of a residence hall.
CLAY, WV — A nonprofit worker in Clay, West Virginia, has been placed on leave and the town’s mayor has resigned after a controversy the two women became involved in regarding an extremely racist Facebook post that was directed at First Lady Michelle Obama.
CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — An all-white swastika spray-painted onto the sidewalk over the weekend atBrooklyn Avenue and Montgomery Street, in a heavily Orthodox Jewish area of Crown Heights, is one of at least five instances of anti-Semitic vandalism recorded across New York state in the week since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization that tracks anti-Semitism in the U.S.
BOERUM HILL, BROOKLYN — A Donald Trump supporter sucker-punched a woman at a Boerum Hill restaurant Saturday night after getting into a political debate with her earlier in the evening, according to widespread reports.
STAFFORD, CT — North Central Connecticut was in an uproar on Monday over a video featuring a party at which some participants wore Ku Klux Klan outfits that has been circulating around social media. State police said they are looking into the matter.
COLUMBUS, OH — An anti-Trump demonstration on the Ohio State University campus was interrupted on Monday when a man wearing a scarlet and gray sweatshirt ran down a flight of stairs and tackled a protester addressing the crowd with a megaphone.
POMONA, NY — Graffiti reading “No Jews” was found spray-painted on a street and on a Realtor’s sign in Pomona. Officers found graffiti at two homes for sale on Carteret Drive, as well as on a Realtor’s “For Sale” sign.
DANBURY, CT — A swastika was painted on the side of a downtown home and a car in the Division Street neighborhood over the weekend.
BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Sour race relations between white and black Trump supporters in Bloomfield may have led to an alleged tire-slashing incident in front of a Broad Street diner last week, reports say.
MANGO, FL — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue are looking into a Monday morning arson-related fire at a mobile home in Mango. Investigators also found anti-Donald Trump graffiti at two nearby homes, leading them to believe “both of these locations may be connected to the arson investigation.” One of the vandalized homes reportedly had the words “F— Trump. Burn Everything” spray painted on it.
WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, speaking on the Bronx River bike path under a Metro-North bridge in White Plains Monday, said hateful graffiti is not something he or anyone in the county will tolerate. Anti-Semitic and anti-black graffiti were found Sunday afternoon under the bridge on the bike path.
RADNOR, PA — A black female Villanova University student was reportedly attacked by several white males who ran toward the student shouting “Trump” on the school’s campus.
ANN ARBOR, MI — Police in Ann Arbor are investigating an incident Friday in which a man allegedly forced a Muslim woman to remove her hijab and threatened to set her on fire with his lighter, prompting a University of Michigan campus-wide safety alert, according to news reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — An off-duty Michigan police officer whom authorities said flew a Confederate flag from his pickup this weekend at a demonstration protesting the election of Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president has been suspended, according to news reports.
SILVER SPRING, MD — A sign advertising the Spanish-language Mass at an Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and the wall of the parish’s memorial garden were vandalized with the words “Trump Nation. Whites Only,” the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said in a Facebook post.
NATICK, MA—Natick police are investigating a possible hate crime as a resident reported receiving a series of threatening letters on his doorstep two days in a row over the weekend, said Chief James Hicks.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Police are investigating after Swastikas were drawn on four doors in a residence hall at the New School.
MERIDEN, CT — Two men have been arrested after police say the attacked a man who was waving an American flag and holding a Donald Trump election sign.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A student at the University of Oklahoma has been suspended after a number of black freshmen students at the University of Pennsylvania were added to a group messaging account that contained racist images and messages, according to university officials.
OLD SAYBROOK, CT — Police say they were called to a local restaurant Friday night for a fight in progress between patrons over President-elect Donald J. Trump.
BETHESDA, MD — Swastikas were recently drawn on the walls of a boys’ restroom in a Bethesda middle school, according to a letter from the building principal that was sent home to students and parents Friday.
EAST HADDAM, CT — After learning of the results, a local woman felt compelled to make a sign expressing her care toward a number of groups in the country who may feel oppressed by the election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. The sign read, “Dear Muslims, Immigrants Women, Disabled, LGBTQ folks & All People of Color, WE LOVE YOU; boldly & proudly, we will endure.” The sign, however, was apparently vandalized within a day. Overnight, an unidentified person wrote “Trump 2016” over her message in black spray paint.
NEW PALTZ, NY — Racist, profanity-laced graffiti was found in a woman’s bathroom in a SUNY New Paltz dormitory Thursday.
CANTON TOWNSHIP, MI – A Canton police officer has been suspended with pay amid an investigation into racist remarks he is accused of making against black people on Facebook, according to media reports.
The officer, Kenneth Kleszcz, allegedly told African-Americans to “go home monkeys” during a live feed of an election protest.
MAPLE GROVE, MI — Maple Grove police detectives are seeking information after receiving a report of a racist message written in a Maple Grove Senior High school bathroom. The message was written during the school day on Nov. 9, according to a news release.
NEWTOWN, PA — A school district in Pennsylvania saw vandalism and harassment following Tuesday’s election, Superintendent Robert J. Fraser said Thursday. Fraser said one incident occurred in a girls’ restroom, where on a hanging piece of paper someone wrote “I Love Trump,” a derogatory comment about people who are gay and three swastikas. Another incident occurred in a different girls’ restroom where someone wrote “If Trump wins, watch out!” on a toilet paper dispenser.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — A member of the South Brunswick Board of Education, who was re-elected on Tuesday night, has been targeted by anti-Islamic graffiti on campaign lawn signs.
ROYAL OAK, MI — Remember the days when all you had to worry about in the school cafeteria was a food fight and getting a Sloppy Joe in the face? Not in 2016 cafeterias. Things got political at the Royal Oak Middle School cafeteria Wednesday, and the whole outburst was caught on video and has taken off on social media, receiving more than 700,000 views in less than 24 hours.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — An unknown individual scrawled “Trump” onto the door to a Muslim prayer room at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn following Election Day, the NYU Muslim Students Association said Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A Nazi swastika and the word “Trump” was discovered spray painted on the window of an abandoned store front in south Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.
WELLESLEY, MA – Two people were removed from the Wellesley College campus Wednesday after driving around in a pickup truck and waving a Donald Trump flag. Lisa Barbin, chief of campus police at Wellesley College, said the “disruptive” individuals were asked to leave campus without incident.
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA —The fairway at Trump National Golf Course suffered undisclosed damage, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, just hours before the Republican candidate’s surprise win in the presidential election.