Hate Crimes Significantly Increase In The Month Following Trump’s Election Win; Up 12% From 2014 To 2016
Hate speech and hate crimes have significantly increased after Trump’s election win, with minorities being targeted by Trump supporters of all ages.
First hand accounts have been documented on social media that include physical violence towards women in hijabs, school children happily chanting that hispanic students are getting deported, and countless threats to physical safety for minorities throughout the country.
The FBI maintains a national Hate Crimes Statistics database, with hate crimes being reported by local jurisdictions managing each individual case. The FBI reports total hate crimes for the last 3 years as follows (2017 available in November):
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) tracks hate crimes through published reports, news articles, social media, and direct submissions. SPLC observed a significant spike in hate crimes throughout the month following Trump’s election, with over 1,000 hate crimes recorded. The most common hate crimes during this period were anti-immigrant (29%), anti-black (20%), anti-semitic (13%), anti-muslim (10%), and anti-LGBT (10%). Anti-Trump hate crimes were less than 2.4% of total hate crimes.
Hate crimes have since dropped, but are still above pre-election levels.