Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trump-inspired hate continues to ooze out of America's sewers

Donald Trump's campaign attracted haters.
HATE incidents, acts and crimes continue to spread across our country. There can be no doubt that the rise in these deplorable incidents is the result of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

During his campaign, Trump aimed his hate-filled vitriol at minorities in general, but especially towards Mexicans and Muslims. Women, Asian/Americans, African/Americans, immigrants of all stripes and the LGBTQ communities were considered fair game for the bigots and mysoginists that saw Trump as their spokesman.

While not all of his supporters fall into those categories, some of his most outspoken support came from the alt-right, white nationalists, fascists and racist groups such as the KKK and people who don't believe in equality for women.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that hate incidents spiked immediately after the election. Over 700 "reports of hateful incidents of harassment around the country" in the week between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, reads the SPLC report.

Although less in frequency compared to the first half of November, acts based on  continue to spring up, unprovoked in most cases. For victims of hate, one act is too much.

Sleeping elder attacked on subway: "A hate-filled straphanger punched a 63-year-old Asian man on a Midtown train after asking him, 'Why don’t you go back to your own country?'" authorities  told the Daily News  on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The victim was asleep on the Manhattan-bound F train about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday when the suspect, described only as a Hispanic-looking man in his 30s, got on at the Jay St. station in Brooklyn Heights, witnesses told cops. When the victim awoke, the train was nearing the Bryant Park-42nd St. Station.

The suspect, seated next to him, made his hateful remark. Then he spit on the victim and pummeled him in the face and body before running away. The victim suffered minor injuries.


'Go back to your country!' In San Diego, New Americans Museum staff found two anti-immigrant messages scrawled near the entrance over this weekend.

Patrons found the messages Saturday morning on both walls of the entrance to the museum in Liberty Station.

One message read, "Too much immigration! Go back to your country. This one is ours!" The other message read, "Over population & crowding by immigration!"

Museum Executive Director Linda Sotelo said she was concerned about who would see the messages.

“We have young children coming through these exhibitions — children who are diverse. We have over six schools at Liberty Station," Sotelo said. "Many of our children are children of color. They’re all very diverse. For them to feel unwelcome in their own country, it’s unacceptable.”


Letter sent to California mosques threaten 'extermination:' A photocopied letter was sent to several mosques in Calfiornia over the Thanksgiving weekend saying Trump will exterminate all Muslims. 

A letter sent to a mosque in San Jose that references the election of Donald Trump says the President-elect will do to Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews, reports ABC7 News.

The letter calls Muslims “vile and filthy people” and “children of satan.”

“It was disturbing to the fact that some of our parishioners were a little bit worried,” San Jose's Evergreen Islamic Center Board President Faisal Yazadi said.

The letters were identical, according to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said Trump’s “irresponsible, hateful rhetoric” during his campaign has resulted in “a level of vulgarity, vile hatred and anger among many self-proclaimed Trump supporters,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I’m not saying (Trump) created racist people,” Ayloush said. “He normalized it. While he might say he’s not responsible, and I respect that, I remind President-elect Trump that he has a responsibility to act as a president for all Americans.”

"We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to ensure the safety of all houses of worship," CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said in the statement. "Our state's political and religious leaders need to speak out against the mainstreaming of Islamophobia that we are witnessing in California and nationwide."

Museum staff trains on how to respond to anti-immigrant remarks: A New York City history museum that celebrates immigration to the United States is giving its guides new training to help them deal with an increase in hostile remarks among visitors about immigrants, according to a report from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

New York's Tenement Museum has long organized tours for small groups with the stated mission of enhancing the public's appreciation for the role immigration plays in shaping the United States' national identity.

But with elections having stirred passions nationwide over the topic of immigration and refugees, museum employees say they are confronted with an unprecedented number of negative comments by visitors about today's migrants.

The previously infrequent incidents now occur every day, museum officials say.

"People will now share stronger opinions about whether or not they think immigrants are sort of bleeding (the country), they're taking too much that other people should have, or they're taking our jobs," said Miriam Bader, the museum's director of education.

A sad scene earlier this week at a Pittsburgh mall: A man who police said was speaking with slurred speech, staggering and smelled of alcohol has been arrested for allegedly beating an Indian/American man sitting next to him in a bar, reported WTAE.

Ankur Mehta told police he was on his tablet with his ear buds on.

According to investigators, Burgess began making racial slurs and calling Mehta “a sand n**ger” and (expletive) Muslim.

“Things are different now,” Burgess is quoted as saying to Mehta. “I don’t want you sitting next to me, you people”

Mehta is not Muslim, but the incident as described by police follows a disturbing pattern of bigotry.

“We believe this is just the latest incident in a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since the November 8 elections,” said the Council of American Islamic Relations in a statement.


Delta apologizes for outburst on airplane: Not particularly anti-AAPI but pretty offensive nontheless was this rant by a Trump supporters getting onboard a Delta flight. He wasn't provoked and knew he was being taped by a fellow passenger. Delta banned the unnamed passenger from all future flights. The airline also issued an apolgy to the passengers and gave them a free tickets for having to put up to this man's aberrant and offensive behavior.

We didn't include all the "Go-back-to-your-country" sort of taunts suffered by AAPI on campuses, at work or just walking down the street. There are too many of them to enumerate.

Women, African/Americans, Latinos and LGBTQ people have also shared their share of hate attacks. One of the most inexplicable examples is in the video below. What is it about Trump supporters that they feel that it is open season on minorities and women, toss civility out the window, and feel that it is socially OK to vent their hatred so openly and without fear or apologies.

An angry Trump supporter goes on wild racist rant inside store:  White 'Trump supporter' goes on epic racist rant at black store workers repeatedly calling one 'an animal' because they offered her a $1 bag instead of a free one.

The incident took place at Michaels department store in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve and was recorded by shopper Jessie Grady. In her Youtube video, which gone viral, another customer is seen screaming and hurling profanities at staff

The enraged woman, who is white, repeatedly calls a black cashier 'an animal.' She later calls police to complain that she had been discriminated against by 'two black women'

The unnamed shopper declares she voted for Donald Trump, saying: "You want to kick me out because of that? And look who won!"

(AsAm News contributed to this post.)