The Trump Effect: Over 900 Hate Crimes Reported Since Election Day
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been taking a tally of more than 900 hate crimes that have occurred since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency.
Incidents of bias and violence committed by Trump supporters since Election Day have skyrocketed. Their targets are immigrants, African-Americans, women, LGBT people and Muslims.
Schools have seen some of the worst racist hate crimes, including elementary and moving up the educational ladder to college campuses. More than 10,000 educators and faculty participated in a SPLC survey which showed that 80% had recently reported a significant change in the mood and behavior of students “following the election”.
Eight in ten children were showing signs of “heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and LGBT students.”
SPLC states that there’s been an “upswing [of] verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags.”
As far as hate crimes in schools are concerned:
- Four in 10 have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation
- Half said that students were targeting each other based on which candidate they’d supported
- Only two-thirds report that administrators have been “responsive”
- Over 2,500 educators described specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that can be directly traced to election rhetoric
- Half of the students are hesitant to discuss the election in class or addressing the election in any way
Over 98,000 public schools in the US have within them 51% of the population being from low-income status.
Of that 25% are Hispanic, 16% are African American and 50% are children of color but do not fall into those categories. With 26 public schools having more than 70% of the school’s populations being made up of minorities and 42 schools being mostly white, there is a blatant re-segregation of the education system happening.
Prior to the election, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded a moratorium on charter school expansion because of the racial bias they display.
Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP board of directors, explained the NAACP is asking “that charter schools receive the same level of oversight, civil rights protections and provide the same level of transparency, and we require the same of traditional public schools.”
While charter schools claim that they do not impact public schools financially, research shows that current models for financing charters costs their counterparts by way of students, transportation budgets, educators, and specialized programs such as music or art.
Another by-product of “school choice” is cherry-picking students . This happened when Bay State charters purposefully neglected to enroll students with “disabilities” and children who do not speak English as their first language.
And while refusing to enroll certain types of children is a tactic used by charters, others exclude kids through suspensions via racially motivated adherence to rules created by the individual charter.
The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) found that when “compared to white students, black students were four times as likely to be suspended; compared to students who aren’t disabled, students with disabilities were two to three times as likely to be suspended.”
To break this down, African American students are 3 times more likely to be suspended or expelled from a charter; in part because how the teach interprets the child’s behavior weighs heavily on that educator’s perspective of minorities.
Because of this profiling bias , “25 percent of black students with disabilities received at least one suspension in the 2009–2010 school year.”