Hate Crimes Spike in Post-Election U.S. - Carlos Gamino, AttorneyBy Carlos Gamino

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate crimes and hate groups, there have been hundreds of documented hate crimes, intimidation, and abuse toward minorities since the general election on November 8.

The FBI reported a 67 percent rise in anti-Muslim crime last year, and that number seems to continue to rise in the aftermath of the election.

Would it have been the same if Clinton had won?

Maybe. Nobody’s able to predict that—or much else about what’s in store for minorities.

With reports linking top Trump aides to white supremacy groups (although the media is calling it the “alt-right” movement) and numerous instances of these hate groups becoming emboldened, things are hanging in the balance for now.

Back to the hate crimes: Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced the Southern Poverty Law Center’s figures on the Senate floor and asked what would be done.

“[The election] sparked a rise in hate crimes and threats of violence,” Reid said. “Overwhelmingly, the hateful acts are anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-African American, anti-woman, anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a statewide hotline for reporting hate crime for what he says is an “uptick in recent reports of discrimination, bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.” He added that acts of discrimination and intimidation would be “met with the full force of the law.”

Some experts are saying that the increase in hate crimes is more dramatic today than it was after 9/11.

Even children aren’t immune. In Royal Oak, Michigan, a group of middle school students chanted, “Build the wall” during lunch, prompting many Hispanic students and their friends to cry. The video of the incident is here—but it’s genuinely disturbing.

What Do You Think?

Do you think that the hate crime increase is temporary? If it’s not, what can we do to help stop it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them on my Facebook page or on my Twitter feed.

Carlos Gamino