Considering our President-elect ran his campaign with a promise to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., you may not be surprised to hear that hate crimes targeting Muslim people have been on the rise across the country.
Hate crimes, in general, exploded right after the election, with vandalism in towns and cities, and targeted harassment on campuses. People feel emboldened to express their hate, as the man who will imminently control this nation has expressed so much of it to no consequence, in fact, to great reward.
The New York Times reports that the F.B.I. said on Monday that there were 257 reports of attacks on Muslims last year, which includes assaults on people and attacks on mosques. That’s a jump of about 67 percent since 2014, and the highest since 2001 following September 11th.
James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, said on Monday, “We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it.”
Since he also admitted that 59 percent of the hate crimes recorded by the F.B.I. were based on the victims’ race, ethnicity or ancestry, I think we can make a good assumption that racism is at the heart of the issue. With Trump in the White House, it’s difficult to see how the F.B.I. will ever come to any conclusions since their boss doesn’t believe racism exists.