Donald Trump’s road to the White House was paved by a campaign focused on fostering racism, bigotry, sexism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. Now, post-election fears of heightened bigotry and hate crimes have turned into reality as some of his supporters have used Trump’s own words as justification to carry out hateful acts.
A wave of hate crimes has been reported across the U.S. after Donald Trump’s presidential win. A racist, pro-Trump graffiti painted inside a high school in Minnesota. A hijab-wearing college student robbed by men talking about Trump and Muslims in California. Messages about lynchings popping up on freshmen’s phones in Pennsylvania. These are just a few examples of an emerging wave of hate crimes reported across America after Donald Trump’s presidential win.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted hundreds of instances of “hateful intimidation and harassment” following the presidential election.
CNN has reported on several of these crimes:
Nazi-themed graffiti in Philadelphia
The Anti-Defamation League has denounced a Nazi-themed graffiti that appeared in South Philadelphia.
“We are horrified by the appearance of hate graffiti on a storefront in South Philadelphia,” said Nancy K. Baron-Baer, the organization’s regional director, in a statement posted Wednesday on the group’s website. “Swastikas and the Nazi salute send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community. The fact that today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht adds another layer to this already sickening act.”
Muslim student threatened with lighter
In Ann Arbor, a white man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.
Police told CNN on Saturday they were “actively investigating and soliciting leads from witnesses” to the reported incident. The suspect is described as 20 to 30 years old, unkempt, according to the University of Michigan.
Advocacy organization CAIR-MI said the alleged attack was just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since Trump won the election.
“Our nation’s leaders need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesday’s election,” Executive Director Dawud Walid said.
Racist messages target black students
Black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania found “violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting” messages on their phones Friday after they were added to a racist GroupMe account, the university said.
The account on the group messaging service appears to be based in Oklahoma, officials said, and investigators are trying to track down who’s responsible.
According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the messages included racial slurs and images of lynchings.
‘Trump!’ written on Muslim prayer room door in NYC
At the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, students discovered the name of the President-elect written on the door to a prayer room for Muslims on Wednesday, school officials said.
The NYPD is investigating. There were no cameras, and the school isn’t sure whether a student is responsible, Hamilton said. She noted that all NYU buildings require a badge for access.
Graffiti in high school: ‘Trump,’ ‘Whites only,’ ‘White America’
Student Moses Karngbaye said he was terrified to see racist graffiti sprawled inside a bathroom in his Minnesota high school.
“Go back to Africa” and “Make America great again,” someone wrote on a toilet paper dispenser at Maple Grove Senior High School.
“That’s the first time I honestly felt like crying at school,” Karngbaye told CNN affiliate WCCO. The bathroom door was also covered with graffiti, including “Whites only,” “White America” and “Trump.”
Karngbaye sent photos of the graffiti to his mother, who recalled another message: “Now the white people are going to take over.”
Graffiti: Neither black lives nor black votes matter
The day after Trump’s victory, someone painted racist messages referencing the election on a wall in Durham, North Carolina.
“Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes,” the message said, according to CNN affiliate WNCN.
‘Deportation’ letters handed out at school
A student at Shasta High School in Redding, California, posted a video on Twitter of himself handing letters with the word “deportation” written across the top to half a dozen students, school district Superintendent Jim Cloney said in a statement.
“We don’t think this sort of behavior is reflective of the culture of Shasta High,” Cloney said. He said appropriate discipline will be applied.