As the dark reality of a Trump presidency sets in, The New York Times has added a disturbing new feature to its national news coverage: “This Week in Hate.”
The series covers the appalling increase in hate crimes since the Electoral College elected Donald Trump, with data gathered from the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups.
‘This Week in Hate tracks hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of Donald Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups are keeping detailed counts of harassment and abuse. We will regularly present a selection of incidents to show the scope of the problem. This article, the first in the series, includes incidents reported in the last two weeks.’
The first “This Week in Hate” entry from November 29 alone contains a list of 10 hate crimes so appalling it’s hard to even choose which ones to include here:
- A group called “Americans for a Better Way” sent letters to three mosques in California and one in Georgia that threaten Donald Trump “is going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”
- In Gwinnett County, Ga. vandals spray painted swastikas, racist slurs, the name “Trump” and the message “build a wall” all over the sidewalks and buildings at Collins Hill High School.
- And lest Northern states start feeling superior, The Bangor Daily News in Maine reported Bangor city councilors were appalled after an individual punched a black man, pushed him to the ground, then told him to watch out because Donald Trump could deport him.
- In Denver, Colo. a transgender woman’s car was vandalized and covered with anti-LGBT slurs, a swastika, and the word “die” because she’d written “#NotMyPresident” and “Love Trumps Hate” on her car windows.
But wait, there’s more from the Dec. 6 installment, which lists 11 incidents from all over the U.S.
- A man accosted a Muslim police officer, shoved her teenage son, then shouted “go back to your country.” The New York Times notes the officer was awarded a medal in 2014 after saving a baby from a fire.
- A swastika and the word “Trump” were found written on the blackboard of a middle school classroom at the William H. Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass. The town of Brookline, along with Brighton and Newton, is a cultural hub for Greater Boston’s Jewish community.
- A University of Nebraska at Omaha faculty member found a swastika, an anti-Semitic slur, and the slogan “make America great again” carved into a bathroom wall on campus last Thursday.
- An interracial couple came home to Cincinnati, Ohio after Thanksgiving weekend, and found that it had been badly damaged and defaced with swastikas, plus the words “white power,” and a vile racial slur.
Apparently, even pro football players — whom we treated as sacred until some of them began inconveniencing us with their blackness — are no longer immune to white rage. The week of Dec. 13 brings us these appalling bits of news.
- New York Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock’s home was vandalized with swastikas, and the words “KKK” and “Trump.”
- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall got a letter full of threats and racial epithets after kneeling during the national anthem at a game. “We are ‘channeling a devastating hard hit for you […] Something to make you an invalid in a wheelchair,” the letter warned.
- Oh, and apparently, we don’t respect our legislators either. Minnesota’s newly elected state Rep. Ilhan Omar, America’s first Somali-American lawmaker, was in Washington D.C. for a Democratic planning session when a cab driver called her “ISIS” and threatened to snatch away her hijab.
Oh, and last week’s targets for hateful graffiti and threats included:
- A man attacked a Muslim woman at a Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts, tossed coffee in her face, and put her in a headlock. Police say he told the woman he “hated Muslims” and was going to kill her.
- The Daily Stormer, an anti-Semitic website, called for a “troll storm” against Jewish people in Whitefish, Mont. Some suspect it was Sherry Spencer, the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. She owns a building there and the post’s author appeared to be reacting to calls for Spencer to sell the building. The poster published photos of Whitefish residents, including a child, with Star of David symbols and “Jude” (the German word for “Jew”) on them. Several people targeted report receiving death threats.
- Meanwhile, in Nassau County, N.Y. police are busy investigating three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti: Swastikas in a men’s bathroom at Nassau Community College; anti-Semitic graffiti on the wall of a 7-Eleven, and sadly, five swastikas drawn in snow outside of a family’s home.
We can only hope that the racists and anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LBGT, and other types of bigots will be so full of Christmas cheer this coming week they’ll forget about committing acts of hate. But we’re not holding our breath.
Featured image: Jeff Greenberg via Getty Images (tears added).