Last weekend, we discussed the debate surrounding the rash of hate crimes spreading accross the country following Donald Trump's election. While many on the left seemed panicked about our scary new future, those on the right debated the veracity of claims made by victims. Now, as data continues to roll in, the right's denial of the crime wave seems harder and harder to believe. In fact, it seems that the amount of reported hate crimes has been steadily and terrifyingly on the rise.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is the most reliable organization when it comes to tracking hate crimes. They've taken on the difficult job of managing data on the new trend of poltically-infused malfeasance. In the few days following the election (from November 9th to November 11th) they collected and verified 201 reports of vandalization, intimidation and violence. By November 14th that number had more than doubled, with the number rising to 437 total incidents over the weekend. That number, as of November 20th, has risen to 701.
Jezebel offered a breakdown of the numbers as they stood on November 17th: "Over 120 of those crimes have been classified as anti-immigrant, and 89 as anti-black. The SPLC also designated 41 of the incidents in a “Trump” category that refers to incidents where there was no clear defined target, like the pro-Trump vandalism of a ‘unity’ sign in Connecticut.' Perhaps most frighteningly, 99 of the reports took place at schools."
There is at least one encouraging detail in the SPLC's report: "While the total number of incidents has risen, the trend line points to a steady drop-off. Around 65 percent of the incidents collected occurred in the first three days following the election."
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