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Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day

  • The most commonly reported location where incidents of harassment occurred were K-12 schools.
  • Pulling from news reports, social media, and direct submissions at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, the SPLC had counted 201 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation across the country as of Friday, November 11 at 5pm.
  • Below are the two charts showing the state distribution of reports and incidents per day since the election.
  • Often times, types of harassment overlapped and many incidents, though not all, involved direct references to the Trump campaign.
  • According to another submission, a number of students were suspended from Millersberg Area High School in Pennsylvania for “harassing a Latina student chanting “Trump” and cheering when she ran out crying.

Reports of hateful intimidation and harassment erupted across social media networks in the wake of the presidential election Tuesday night. 

@kylegriffin1: .@splcenter reports— “We Counted Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day.”

Pulling from news reports, social media, and direct submissions at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, the SPLC had counted 201 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation across the country as of Friday, November 11 at 5pm. These range from anti-Black to anti-woman to anti-LGBT incidents. There were many examples of vandalism and epithets directed at individuals. Often times, types of harassment overlapped and many incidents, though not all, involved direct references to the Trump campaign. Every incident could not be immediately independently verified.

Among the findings: 

Anti-Black and Anti-immigrant incidents were far and away the most reported with anti-Muslim being the third most common. The category of “Trump” consisted of incidents where there was no clear racially defined target, like the pro-Trump vandalism of a “unity” sign in Connecticut.

Another, this time in a college setting:

In Louisiana, a woman was harassed by white men in a passing car which was a frequently reported “venue” of harassment since election day: 

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.

Anti-immigrant incidents often came with reference to the Trump campaign. In Washington state, a teacher reported: 

Disturbingly, the most commonly reported location where incidents of harassment occurred were K-12 schools. Previously, the SPLC reported on the deteriorating climate in schools as a result of the campaign for president. It appears that the election results might have pushed some schools to a boiling point. For example, a school in Maple Grove, Minnesota, made headlines after racist and pro-Trump graffiti was found in the school bathrooms. 

According to another submission, a number of students were suspended from Millersberg Area High School in Pennsylvania for “harassing a Latina student chanting “Trump” and cheering when she ran out crying.”

As mentioned above, harassment that came from drivers was also frequently reported, like this incident in Austin, Texas:

Today a young Latino man in is 20’s, and a co-worker of mine, was walking into work as a truck slowed down and two white men threw a bag of garbage onto him and yelled, “you are going back to where you came from” and drove off. This was in Austin, a very liberal and progressive city. I am shocked and appalled that this happened.

The SPLC received a handful of reports (around 10) of anti-Trump harassment and vandalism as well, the majority of incidents taking the form of the latter. A video of a white man and alleged Trump voter being beaten in Chicago is making the rounds on social media but authorities say that the incident was the result of a traffic altercation. 

Below are the two charts showing the state distribution of reports and incidents per day since the election. Fortunately, reports have been slowing down. We’ll have a follow-up to this post next week. 

Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day