Since Trump’s victory on Tuesday, there have been multiple reports of hate crimes and harassment of minorities in the United States. In the last few days, a school dormitory has been vandalized with swastikas, a church has been vandalized with the words “Whites only,” and a high school student handed fake deportation letters to students of color.
On Saturday night, the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland was vandalized with the words “Trump Nation” and “Whites only.” According to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, a sign advertising a Spanish language Mass and the memorial garden wall were both vandalized.
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“I am heartsick, and can only imagine how the people of Our Saviour, one of the most culturally diverse parishes in the diocese, feel,” Bishop Mariann wrote on the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Facebook page.
This wasn’t the first incident of vandalism since the election. On Friday night, someone drew swastikas on four dormitory doors at New York City’s New School.
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Sam Lichtenstein, who posted a picture of the incident and lives with with three Jewish suitemates, told the New York Daily News that she cried after seeing the swastika on her door’s white board.
“It was just heartbreaking,” she said. “This is something you read about happening in other areas, and it’s crazy to have it happen in such a progressive city, and a progressive university. This was not just an apartment building. This was student housing.”
The president of the school, David Van Zandt, issued a statement condemning the incident. “Our community standards are very strong and hate crimes are unacceptable at The New School,” the statement read. “The New School is committed to tolerance, respect, and diversity.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted his condemnations.
Hate speech is reprehensible, and has no place in NYC. To the affected, we stand with you. To the perpetrators, we are better than this. https://t.co/8J4JU56yti
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 12, 2016
Earlier this week, a high school student in Redding, California recorded himself handing out fake deportation letters to students of color. He then posted the video on Twitter, though it has since been deleted.
School district Superintendent Jim Cloney told CNN on Thursday that the student said it was meant to be a joke. “Needless to say, we don’t think this sort of behavior is funny nor reflective of the culture of Shasta High,” Cloney said.
Since the election, there has been an increase in reported racist incidents, including an increase in anti-Islam incidents and harassment at schools. The reports in the last few days aren’t surprising, given the prominent role of white supremacy, and general bigotry, in Trump’s bid for the presidency.
Throughout his campaign, Trump made hateful comments about a variety of groups, including but not limited to Muslims, refugees, immigrants, African Americans, Mexicans, Jews, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Asians. He has both encouraged his supporters to attack people of color and dismissed reports of such violence. He has been endorsed by white supremacists — endorsements which he has only very reluctantly rebuffed — and his victory on Tuesday has been celebrated by members of the Klu Klux Klan.