Trump: Stand Up to Hate

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Acts of hate are on the rise around the country.

The Southern Poverty Law Center tallied more than 300 hate incidents since Donald Trump won the election1 – many targeting Black people, immigrants, Muslims, and Jewish people.

What’s worse? Many of the perpetrators are emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, using his name and slogans to intimidate people.

Trump thinks hundreds of incidents of hate is “a very small amount” and meagerly told people to “stop it.”

This is not enough. Donald Trump needs to take a strong, decisive stand on hateful harassment, intimidation, and violence and vow to support victims with meaningful investigations and protections.

CNN reported that swastikas and pro-Nazi phrases have appeared in a small town in western NY, on campus at SUNY Geneseo, and in Philadelphia. A Muslim student in Ann Arbor Michigan was threatened to be set on fire unless she take off her hijab. And a Minnesota high school student walked into a bathroom defaced with threats reading #WhitesOnly and #GoBackToAfrica.2

These are just a few examples of the sudden outbreak of hateful acts putting people in danger across the country.

Tell President-elect Trump to take a stand on the outbreak of hateful violence, and release a plan to combat this trend.

1.“Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Surged Last Year, Fueled by Hateful Campaign,” by Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center, November 14, 2016.

2.“‘Make America White Again’ Hate speech and crimes post-election,” by Holly Yan, Kristina Sgueglia, and Kylie Walker, CNN, November 15, 2016.

To President Trump:

Acts of harassment, intimidation, and violence in the name of hate endanger our communities and violate federal law. It is not enough to tell perpetrators to “stop it” and expect that to make a difference. Take a definitive stand on hate and vow to support victims with immediate investigations and protections.