Violence and hate following election results

Katherine Boyd, Writer

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     While the results of the 2016 Presidential election have left many in shock, it has spurred others into action. With Anti-Trump protests all over the country, many hope that their voice will be heard and the president-elect will be impeached. However, it seems that the peaceful approach is loosing ground to a more violent reaction throughout the country.

     Following the election, the frequency of hate crimes has increased at an alarming rate, with instances of violence, racist graffiti, or slurs being thrown around without fear of backlash. Many say this is a result of Trump becoming the president-elect and are blaming his rhetoric on the campaign trail.

     More than three hundred accounts of hateful harassment or intimidation have been reported since the election according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, and this post- election violence momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

     Racist slurs like “black lives don’t matter and neither does your vote” or “make America white again” and symbols like swastikas have shown up on public buildings all over the country along with a whole lot more. Many of these cases have shown up on school campuses and students are starting to fear for their safety. According to CNN.com, one woman was threatened with a lighter because she was wearing a hijab. The suspect allegedly told the woman that if she did not take off her hijab, he would light her on fire. The perpetrator is still at large.

     Although many of these crimes have been instigated by Trump supporters, there are cases of people being attacked because of their Trump support. According to CNN.com, a man in Chicago was beaten by a bystander who yelled “You voted Trump”, two men in Connecticut were also arrested for assaulting a Trump supporter as well.

     President-elect Donald J. Trump has come out saying he was “so saddened” to hear of all the hate crimes being perpetuated by his supporters and on a 60 Minutes interview said “If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.” America can only hope that this call for a cease-fire will resonate throughout the country and will put an end to the hate-induced actions of the American people.

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Violence and hate following election results