The Post-Election Surge in Hate Crimes and How it Differs From Past Surges

Many across the United States have been victims of or witness to election-related hate crimes or hateful incidents since Donald Trump became the apparent president-elect on November 8, 2016. Numerous media outlets reported incidents in which perpetrators invoked Trump’s name or referenced policy positions and stances of his, as they verbally or physically assaulted victims targeted for their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, or presumed national origin. Simultaneously, social media has been awash in first-hand accounts of such events.

Hardly isolated or rare, these events are evidence of a significant surge in hate crimes and hate-related incidents, according to Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal research and activist organization. In a report published on November 29, SPLC reported that it had documented 867 hate incidents that occurred in the 10 days following the election. However, it’s likely that figure could be much higher since the majority of hate crimes go unreported.

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