Reports of a spike in “attacks” on Muslims and other minorities since the election of Donald Trump have appeared in countless media outlets over the past several days, with most of them based on a Southern Poverty Law Center list of 701 incidents of “hate crimes.”
The trend is so concerning to New York Gov. Andrew Coumo that he has ordered the creation of a special task force to look into the “explosion of hate crimes.”
Most of the incidents on the SPLC list, while deplorable, crude and vile if they actually happened, have not included physical violence and hence the use of the term “attack” is misleading. Most involve uncorroborated assertions of verbal threats or racist comments that, while mean and nasty, don’t appear to pass the smell test required of a crime.
For example, a Muslim Uber driver from Morocco, now a U.S. citizen, was “verbally assaulted” in Queens, New York City, on Nov. 17 by a man who yelled, “Kiss your visa good-bye,” among other slurs, CNN reports.
That incident was caught on video, so there’s evidence that it did happen. But the vast majority of those making the SPLC list not only don’t involve physical violence, but the allegations of verbal abuse were not caught on video, making it impossible to determine the validity of the alleged “hate crime.”
Lots of fake hate exposed
The left has a long history of faking hate crimes, which only serves to cheapen and lessen the impact of the real acts of hate that do occasionally occur.
The female Muslim student at University of Louisiana who accused a Trump-supporting man of attacking her and ripping off her hijab admitted a week later she made the story up, the Washington Post reported.
In another case, Bowling Green State University student Eleesha Long claimed to be attacked on the school’s Ohio campus by three white men wearing Trump T-shirts just one day after the election, Media Research Center reported. And the only problem with her story is that none of it ever happened.
“While walking down Crim St. to ask for yard signs, three boys [wearing Trump T-shirts] began to throw rocks at me,” while shouting slurs, Long wrote in a police complaint.
Long originally posted her story on Facebook without calling 9-1-1, but after her post received a lot of attention, officers at Bowling Green took her to the police station, where she gave her statement. A search of her phone and Facebook history showed she was not in the place she claimed to be and had texted her boyfriend about her disdain for Trump supporters.
In Atlanta, a Muslim teacher reported coming into school the day after Trump was announced the winner of the presidential election and finding a note on her desk that told her to “go hang yourself.” The validity of the note has been questioned and the school investigation has turned up no suspects, something a simple handwriting analysis would seem to accomplish.
In Malden, Massachusetts, a 20-year-old black man told police last week he was harassed by two white men who used racial slurs, referred to lynching, and warned him, “It’s Trump country now.”
That man now admits he made up the story, the Boston Herald reports. He told police he wanted to “raise awareness about things that are going on around the country,” said Malden police Chief Kevin Molis.
Police refused to release the man’s name and let him off with a warning about the “damaging effect” his made-up story could have on the community. .
Interestingly, CNN did not consider the Nov. 9 brutal beating of a 50-year-old white man in Chicago by black thugs, caught on video, simply because he “voted Trump,” to be a hate crime.
“And it’s not just incidents of hate crimes that have happened since the election; there have been reports of other attacks, too,” CNN reported. “A man in Chicago reportedly was beaten as a bystander yelled, ‘You voted Trump!’ And two men in Connecticut were arrested over assault allegations against a Trump supporter.”
Chicago police arrested three black adults and one 17-year-old juvenile in that beating, DNAInfo.com reported. They were each charged with one felony count of vehicular hijacking, but no hate crime.
This goes hand-in-hand with the progressive idea that members of an “oppressed minority” are not capable of racism and, therefore, cannot possibly commit a hate crime. Only whites can be racist. So the black men who pulled the Trump supporter out of his vehicle and took turns using him as a punching bag had engaged in an “attack” but not a “hate crime,” according to CNN.
The same progressive principle was apparently in play when Amina Ali Ahra, a 30-year-old Muslim refugee from Somalia, attacked a Lawrenceville, Georgia, woman at her home on the day after Memorial Day and beat her with her own American flag, as WND reported.
Ahra came out of the woods behind Dami Arno’s home, grabbed the four-foot flagpole off the Arnos’ mailbox and beat her with it until her daughter and two neighbors ran to her aid. The local police chief referred the incident to the FBI in June for possible hate-crime charges, but the FBI quickly dismissed the case without so much as even interviewing the victim or witnesses. Ahra was charged with one count of misdemeanor simple battery.
According to the New York police, the number of hate crimes in the city has increased 31.5 percent in the year to date from 2015 to 2016 – up from 250 to 328. Hate crimes targeting Muslims are up from 12 to 25, but hate crimes targeting Jews are up even more, from 102 to 111, the police said.
In a video statement released Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said FBI statistics for 2015 showed a 67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslim Americans. Overall, reported hate crimes spiked 6 percent, but the number could be higher because many incidents go unreported, Lynch said.
But again, the FBI appears to have a lower standard of what constitutes a hate crime with it involves a Muslim American. All it takes are threatening words, while actual violence by Muslims against a non-Muslim American, such as the incident in Georgia, are dismissed without charges.
The same slack standards were on display in Minneapolis in late June, when a group of more than a dozen Somali Muslim men terrorized the Linden Hills lakefront neighborhood on three consecutive days. They shouted obscenities at a 30-something white woman, telling her they could take her as a wife. When she told them she already had a husband, they said they had the right to rape her under Shariah law. They also pretended to shoot people through their duffel bags, drove over homeowners’ lawns and beat one of the neighborhood dogs.
Despite having multiple eyewitnesses, the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI never made a single arrest in the incident.
But Lynch is eager to have crimes by “right-wing extremists” reported so she can prosecute. She warned after the attack on San Bernardino, which killed 14 people at an office Christmas party last December, that she would aggressively prosecute anyone who issued statements on social media that “edged toward violence.”
“These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans,” Lynch said of the recent attacks. “We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.”
The following are some of the other incidents reported by CNN based on the Southern Poverty Law Center analysis.
Vandalism at Adam Yauch Park
Swastikas and the words “Go Trump” were painted on playground equipment at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn, according to New York police spokeswoman Annette Shelton. The park is named after the late Adam “MCA” Yauch, a founding member of the pioneering rap band Beastie Boys.
The vandalism was discovered last Friday, and police are investigating the incident.
New York City Councilman Brad Lander, who represents that part of Brooklyn, wrote on Twitter: “Yet more hatred & anti-Semitism from Trump supporters.”
He also tweeted, “No place for hate. We will not be cowed.”
Lander told CNN the graffiti had been painted over. Instagram images show hearts and flowers over the graffiti.
The swastika discovered Friday in a Brooklyn park was the 13th reported in the city since Election Day, according to Robert Boyce, chief of detectives for the New York Police Department.
Other swastikas have been found in a school in Manhattan and a housing development in Brooklyn, Boyce told reporters. The number is up from two in the same period of time in November last year, Boyce said.
According to the New York police, the number of hate crimes in the city has increased 31.5 percent in the year to date from 2015 to 2016 – up from 250 to 328. Hate crimes targeting Muslims are up from 12 to 25, and hate crimes targeting Jews are up from 102 to 111, the police said.
Boyce said the swastika at the Brooklyn playground was the only one that included Trump’s name. That also suggests there is a high likelihood that at least some of the other swastikas and desecrations of Jewish synagogues and cemeteries were put there by Muslims, who have been linked to hundreds of such incidents in France, the Netherlands and other European countries with large Muslim populations.
A note with obscenities
Nicki Pancholy reported her car windows smashed and her purse stolen at a park while hiking at Mission Peak in Fremont, California. A note containing obscenities and a reference to her “hiljab” was left on the car’s windshield, according to CNN affiliate KRON-TV in San Francisco.
Pancholy has Lupus and wears a bandanna to protect her from the sun. It has no religious significance, she said. “I was surprised, I was taken aback by the ignorance,” Pancholy said on “CNN Tonight” on Friday evening.
‘I can smell the Africa on you’
One woman reported, as she walked home in Boston, a man on the street decided he didn’t like her face and said, “You think that’s funny dirty bi–h? I’ll spit on you, you dirty bi–h. I can smell the Africa on you.”
Elsewhere in Massachusetts, an unnamed person reported to SPLC that a friend, who is Muslim and wears a scarf along with dresses that go to the ground, was passed by someone at a subway stop who said Trump is going to kick her out of the country. No names. No descriptions. Just an accusation.
‘Make America White Again,’ softball dugout reads
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a joint investigation after someone painted a dugout wall in Wellsville, about 80 miles southeast of Buffalo.
The message: A swastika, surrounded by the words, “Make America White Again.”
The governor told CNN both New York State Police and the State Division of Human Rights will investigate the alleged hate crime.
“New York has zero tolerance for bigotry, fear and hatred, and those who seek to undermine the core values this state and nation were founded upon,” Cuomo said.
‘Heil Trump’ painted on church
On Sunday morning, the Rev. Kelsey Hutto got the news that vandals had painted “Heil Trump,” an anti-gay slur and a swastika on the side of her church, Saint David’s Episcopal in Beanblossom, Indiana.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Department told CNN it is investigating the incident. Investigators don’t have any suspects or leads, but they have shared their report with the state police department and are hoping someone in the community will come forward with information if they have it.
Swastika, ‘Trump’ at New York campus
Hours after Cuomo reported the Wellsville incident, the governor announced another alleged hate crime – this one at the State University of New York College at Genese.
Someone spray-painted a swastika and the word “Trump” on a dorm building.
“It is unacceptable that this is the second investigation that we have had to announce in the last several hours,” Cuomo said in a statement Saturday.
“To any New Yorker who is scared, I want you to know that we have your back, that we will keep you safe, and that protecting your rights is what America stands for.”
Muslim student threatened with lighter
Police in Ann Arbor, Michigan, were investigating reports a man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.
The suspect is described as 20 to 30, unkempt and intoxicated, according to the University of Michigan.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the alleged attack is among a spate of anti-Muslim incidents reported since Trump won the election.
“Our nation’s leaders, and particularly President-elect Donald Trump, need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesday’s election,” Executive Director Dawud Walid said.
‘Trump!’ written on Muslim prayer room door in New York
At New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, students discovered Trump’s name written on the door to a prayer room for Muslims on Wednesday, school officials said.
“Our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America,” the NYU Muslim Students Association said in a Facebook posting.
School spokesman Kathleen Hamilton said the school has many immigrant students, with about 20 percent from abroad.
“It’s a real melting pot here,” she said. “We all believe this very much, that the university is a place of free expression. It has to be safe to be so.”
New York police are investigating.
Graffiti in school: ‘Trump,’ ‘whites only,’ ‘white America’
Minnesota high-school student Moses Karngbaye said he was terrified to see racist graffiti scrawled inside a bathroom.
Someone had written “#Go back to Africa” and “Make America great again” on a toilet paper dispenser at Maple Grove Senior High School.
“That’s the first time I honestly felt like crying at school,” Karngbaye told CNN affiliate WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.
The bathroom door was also covered with graffiti, including “Whites only,” “White America” and “Trump.”
Hate-crime investigation at San Diego State University
A San Diego State University student walking to her car said she was confronted by two men who made comments about Trump and Muslims, SDSU police said.
“Comments made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith, including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab,” university President Elliot Hirshman said in a statement.
The men grabbed the student’s purse and backpack and removed her keys. After the student returned from calling the police, her car was gone. The suspects are still at large.
Hirshman called the incident a hate crime.
“We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts,” he told CNN. “Hate crimes are destructive to the spirit of our campus, and we urge all members of our community to stand together in rejecting hate.”
Graffiti: Neither black lives nor black votes matter
The day after Trump’s victory, someone painted racist messages referencing the election on a wall in Durham, North Carolina.
“Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes,” the message said, according to CNN affiliate WNCN-TV in Goldsboro.
The community came together and helped cover up the message.
Nazi-themed graffiti in Philadelphia
Someone spray-painted the words “Sieg Heil 2016” and “Trump” – with a swastika substituted for the “T” in Trump – on a building’s glass window on South Broad Street, police said.
The words “Trump Rules,” “Trump Rules Black (expletive)” and the letter “T” were spray-painted on three vehicles and a house on South Sixth Street. And a swastika and “Trump” were written on a utility box at Broad and Reed streets.
Police said surveillance video captured a male of unknown race spray-painting around 5 a.m. Wednesday. They could not determine if the graffiti was a protest of Trump or the act of a Nazi sympathizer.
Black doll hanged from rod at college
At Canisius College in west New York state, students posted photos of a black doll hanging from a dormitory curtain rod on social media, and one student created a meme with language about “Trump fans,” college President John J. Hurley said.
Students who saw those photos notified campus police, who investigated, Hurley said.
Some students have been suspended and may be expelled, he said. An outside investigator will be hired to determine if any students should be prosecuted for possible hate crimes, Hurley said.
On Wednesday, the school held an open session on the doll incident attended by about 300 people.
“It is clear to me that this episode has exposed some deeply held concerns among our students of color and that we need to go well beyond addressing the immediate incident involving the doll,” Hurley said.
‘Deportation’ letters handed out at school
A student at Shasta High School in Redding, California, posted a video on Twitter of himself handing letters with the word “deportation” written across the top to half-a-dozen students, school district Superintendent Jim Cloney said in a statement.
The students appeared to be of a variety of ethnicities, Cloney said. After talking to the student and his parents, the video was taken down. The student said he thought the video was funny, Cloney said.
“Needless to say, we don’t think this sort of behavior is funny nor reflective of the culture of Shasta High,” he said. He said appropriate discipline will be applied.
SPLC has also reported 27 incidents of hate against Trump supporters.
Trump supporter beaten in Maryland, police say
A young Trump supporter was beaten Wednesday by students during an anti-Trump protest in Rockville, Maryland, police said.
Police Maj. Eric Over said a juvenile has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the assault.
Police are reviewing a video of the incident, but, so far, no hate crime charges have been filed.
Trump supporter assaulted on subway
Corey Cataldo was riding a subway car to the Bronx when a man asked him whether he was a Trump supporter, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie told CNN. When Cataldo said yes, the man grabbed him by the neck, McRorie said.
Cataldo, 24, was wearing a white hat with the motto “Make America Great Again” stitched on it, CNN affiliate WABC-TV reported.
The electrician told WABC that he was being choked while another man acted like he was going to help, but shoved him against a window.
McRorie said no one has been arrested, and the investigation into the reported incident continues.
Men charged in beating of Trump supporter in Connecticut
Two men were arrested in the punching and kicking of a Connecticut man who was waving an American flag and holding a Trump sign on Nov. 12, Meriden police said.
Wilson Eschevarria and Anthony Hobdy were charged with assault.
The 45-year-old victim told police that Eschevarria and Hobdy gave him the finger and he responded, “Same to you.”
That’s when the two suspects started beating him, the man told police.
Man beaten as onlooker yells, ‘You voted Trump!’
David Wilcox said he was struck by another vehicle while driving in a Chicago intersection. When he got out to try to get insurance information, men from the other car started attacking him.
“You voted Trump!” a bystander screamed as a man punched Wilcox in the head. Another tried to kick him in the face.
Wilcox said he doesn’t think his attackers knew whom he voted for. Still, the assumption was already made.
Even though he was beaten on the street in broad daylight, Wilcox said, “Nobody did anything to help.”
On top of that, someone stole Wilcox’s car. Police are investigating.
‘Back to Africa’ comment in Florida
A faculty member at a Pasco County, Florida, high school has been accused of telling a group of African-American students standing in a hallway, “Don’t make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa.”
The Wesley Chapel High School teacher, who is also the golf coach, allegedly made the remark the day after Trump was elected.
The school system is investigating. “As soon as the students reported the incident to administrators at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 9, (the teacher) was sent home on administrative leave, where he remains,” Pasco County Schools spokeswoman Linda E. Cobbe told CNN.