Teaching Ignorance and Hate with Trump
November 10, 2016
You thought I was over the top when I kept showing the links between science denial and racism. Now we are seeing it slither out everywhere.
How this gets back in the bottle is anyone’s guess.
A U.S. Muslim civil rights group said on Thursday it was monitoring reports of several incidents targeting Muslims in the United States since Republican Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday and called on the president-elect to denounce the attacks.
The reports included at least two assaults on women in Islamic head scarves, as well as racist graffiti and bullying of immigrant children, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and other civil rights groups.
“It’s the inevitable result of the mainstreaming of Islamophobia we’ve seen in recent months with the presidential campaign,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said in a phone interview. “Unfortunately, it really is up to Donald Trump to repudiate this kind of bigotry.”
Trump’s campaign could not be reached for comment.
During the campaign, Trump called for banning Muslims from entering the country for security reasons. The wealthy businessman, who won his White House bid with strong support from white voters, has made calls for unity since the election.
Hooper said the president-elect’s supporters appeared to be getting a different message.
A female student in a hijab at San Diego State University was assaulted and robbed on Wednesday, the university said. The assailants were reported to have made comments to the victim in support of Trump and hurled anti-Muslim insults at her, the school said in a statement, adding the case was being investigated as a hate crime.
At San Jose State University in California, a man on Wednesday pulled at the head scarf of woman walking in a parking garage, the university said in a statement.
For those wondering how Donald Trump could ever have won a state like Michigan after it supported Barack Obama this video explains a lot.
A small group of students at Royal Oak Middle School in Detroit, Michigan broke out into chants of “Build the wall” the day after the election, according to The Detroit News.
According to a Facebook video of the event that has now gone viral, “Latino children were crying.” Dee Perez-Scott, who posted the video, said, “the taunts, the “Build that Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!”
“We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today,” Royal Oak Schools superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in a statement today. “We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community,” the statement continued.
As of Thursday morning, officers from the Royal Oak Police Department have been on hand and will be throughout the day, Lt. Keith Spencer said.
Just hours after Donald Trump won 2016 presidential race, students at Maple Grove High School returned to class to find racist messages inspired by the GOP candidate.
On Wednesday, a father of a Maple Grove student posted on Facebook images of graffiti that were taken by his son.
“He does not feel safe at his own school any more,” Fred Ndip said. “I am not sure what to tell him!”
The photos show a locker door with large letters that read: “F*ck N****rs”
Other messages on the door included: “F*ck all porch monkeys,” “Whites only” and “White America.”
We knew America was divided by this election. We knew campaign tensions had carried over to America’s classrooms (just last week, we canvassed schools across Los Angeles that reported spikes in bullying — harassment that echoed the words and themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign).But we had no idea just how bad things would get for minority students. Or how quickly.Yesterday, reporters at The 74 started seeing scattered reports of school bullying, intimidation, and violence. We decided today to begin compiling accounts from across the country. The volume and intensity of what we’re now finding, though, has left us astonished.We’ve compiled more than 50 of these terrifying episodes, and are adding additional incidents every few minutes. You can see them all here (warning: most contain extremely disturbing language and imagery). To get notified when we’ve done a big update, please sign up to receive our newsletter.What we’re seeing: Students are terrified that they will be humiliated. Or attacked.They’re afraid their parents will be deported. Or that their families will be ostracized.They’re scared their teachers won’t be able to protect them.Meanwhile, superintendents are working to assure minority families that they will keep their schools safe for these children. Students shouldn’t hide at home.Everyone seems aware this free-floating anger and chauvinism could build and spiral out of control.Everyone but our newly elected President.