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U.S. hate crimes against Muslims surge 67 percent — FBI Statistics

In the first five days after last Tuesday's election, the Southern Poverty Law Center received reports of 437 hate crimes across the country.

There have been reports of a rise in hate-related incidents following Donald Trump's victory last week in the USA presidential election. Over the course of his 17-month campaign, Trump disparaged and threatened minorities, blaming Muslims and Hispanics in particular for a host of our country's ills.

"We witnessed a sharp jump in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide a year ago, with that spike in Islamophobia continuing through 2016 and accelerating after the November 8 election", said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

You can see this all over social media and comments sections, where alleged Trump supporters are quick to claim stories of hate crimes are made up.

As the USA Today network reported earlier this week, hate crimes against Muslims increased by two thirds in 2015 over 2014.

While not all of the reports of Trump-related hate crimes have been verified, those under investigation are pretty horrifying.

There have been many acts of hatred, harassment and bullying in Donald Trump's America since November 8, but there have also been many, many acts of solidarity and bravery, like this one at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Aurora, CO.

According to the FBI's annual "Hate Crime Statistics" report released Monday, 2015 saw a 6 percent increase in hate crimes. The report also found that in 2015 there were more "incidences of anti-Muslim violence and vandalism" than in any other year since September 11, 2001.

Paradoxically, more reported cases of hate crime can also be seen as a sign of progress: generally, in both the USA and the United Kingdom, hate crimes are under-reported, as victims are not sure whether to report verbal or physical attacks against them to the police, or even how to do so. They represented more than half of all those reported. Total reported incidents in 2010 numbered 775, followed each successive year by 606, 553, 459, 373 and finally 367 in 2015. The FBI's director James Comey admits "We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it".

The organization said the incidents ranged from anti-woman to anti-LGBT harassment, but a large majority of the reported attacks were anti-Black and anti-immigrant. However, on Thursday morning, a white middle-aged couple boarded the bus, walked towards her and began yelling at her to take off her hijab because it is "not allowed" anymore.

The president-elect said during an interview on "60 Minutes" that was aired Sunday that he was unaware of a spike in racist incidents.

SPLC has urged the President-elect to take a much stronger stance against the violence and hate rhetoric, even taking out a full page ad in The Wall Street Journal denouncing the deplorable position of putting anyone connected with white nationalism in the White House. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.



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