The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has reported an increase in hate crimes across the U.S. and is now calling on President-elect Donald Trump to speak out against the “outbreak of hate” sweeping the nation post-election.
The SPLC documented almost 900 acts of violence and discrimination against multiple groups of people within just 10 days of Trump becoming President-elect. According to the SPLC report, schools have been the most common site of these hate crimes and have had negative impacts on the students attending.
About 80% of parents whose children attend private school report being happy with the academic standards. However, these acts of harassment and bullying may have parents worried about more than their children’s grades.
Schools have reported “heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and LGBT students,” since the election. Educators across the country are urging people to condemn acts of bigotry and hate, especially in educational environments.
Many of the incidents reported by the SPLC involved people writing or speaking Trump’s name, sending a clear message that their acts of hate were associated with the Presidential election. According to the report, the highest number of incidents occurred on November 9, the day immediately following the election.
When the incidents were sorted by motivation, the three most targeted groups were immigrants, Black Americans, and Jewish Americans. The number of crimes committed against each of these groups were 280, 187, and 100, respectively.
Since publishing the report, the SPLC has called on President-elect Trump to condemn this behavior among Americans. The organization released a statement, saying that “Mr. Trump should take responsibility for what’s occurring, [and] forcefully reject hate and bigotry.”
The SPLC took the numbers for its report from submissions to its #ReportHate site, as well as reports throughout social media and news outlets. The organization also said it excluded any incidents that were deemed false by authorities.
The number of incidents has slowly decreased with the passing of time, but officials are concerned that the inauguration in January will cause another spike in hate crimes across the country.
SPLC president Richard Cohen, though concerned about the future, has also expressed determination to make a change. “This is not going to go away,” Cohen added. “It’s going to continue to fester until Trump takes action.”