Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump Linked Harassment, Intimidation, and Violence

The Southern Poverty Law Center is keeping track.

Here are a few:

Some of the reports that came directly to the SPLC include:

My 12 year old daughter is African American. 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.

Another, this time in a college setting:

The day after the presidential election, my friend, a black female freshman in a [Boston area college], heard a white female student say: "this is their punishment for 8 years of black people." When she turned around to see who said it, the white student laughed at her.

In Louisiana, a woman was harassed by white men in a passing car which was a frequently reported "venue" of harassment since election day:

I was standing at a red light waiting to cross the street. A black truck with three white men pulled up to the red light. One of them yelled, "Fuck your black life!" The other two began to laugh. One began to chant "Trump!" as they drove away.

Anti-immigrant incidents often came with reference to the Trump campaign. In Washington state, a teacher reported:

"Build a wall" was chanted in our cafeteria Wed at lunch."If you aren't born here, pack your bags" was shouted in my own classroom. "Get out spic" was said in our halls.

Another:

A student in an English IV course told his teacher, who is Mexican-American, that he needs to take his family and get out of our country. The student mentioned he wasn't welcome any longer. He supported this argument by citing comments from our President-elect.

I doubt that these are isolated cases. I saw one myself on my own campus, where a burly Trump supporter harassed a much smaller student, and was near enough to another one that police questioned me - unfortunately I was unable to say anything identifying about the perpetrator.

Trump's campaign manager was Steve Bannon, a godfather of the Alt-right, and apparently, a leading candidate for Trump's Chief of Staff.