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In the 10 Days Following Election, Just About 900 Hate Crimes

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in the 10 days following the election, there were at least 867 reported hate crimes.

Of the 867 reported incidents of harassment and intimidation, 505 incidents occurred just 3 days after the November 8th election.

The motivation for most of the incidents was anti-black and anti-immigrant sentiments. The SPLC categorized the reported hate crimes as being approximately 23 percent anti-black. Possibly most disturbing is the fact that many of these anti-black crimes included the threat of lynching.

The SPLC recounted some of the horrible crimes reported to them. One such report was submitted by a woman in Louisiana:

I was standing at a red light waiting to cross the street. A black truck with three white men pulled up to the red light. One of them yelled, “Fuck your black life!” The other two began to laugh. One began to chant “Trump!” as they drove away.”

Furthermore, about 32 percent of the crimes reported to the SPLC were motivated by anti-immigrant ideology. As a Chinese-American high school student was filling up her car with gas, a white man said,

“Can’t wait for Trump to deport you or I will deport you myself, dyke yellow bitch.”

However, the SPLC estimates that hate crimes have been under-reported and that the nearly 900 that they collected are only a small fraction of the hate crimes that have actually occurred post-election. This is supported by empirical data as well. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported to the police in the first place.

“The underreporting problem is surely more severe when it comes to hate incidents that may not rise to the level of criminal violations and that are being reported to a new, little-known repository established by a private organization.”

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