Friday, August 17, 2018

In Trump's America, it's OK to disparage blacks, Mexicans, and foreigners

Reported in An Iowa worker fired for disparaging Mexicans says she should get unemployment, arguing such talk is routine after Trump's election.  (Des Moines Register, 8/16/2018)

Related reading:
The rise of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Trump’s America.  (SBS News, 1/2/2018)
The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) said there was a nine per cent increase in anti-Muslim incidents and a 20 per cent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes last year. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League said its data points to a potential 37 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. They include discrimination, harassment, assault and bomb threats. “I personally link it directly to Donald Trump and his empowerment of bigotry and white supremacy,” claimed CAIR’s National Communication’s Director Ibrahim Hooper.
The Year in Hate: Trump buoyed white supremacists in 2017, sparking backlash among black nationalist groups.  (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2/21/2018)
Aside from hate groups, the SPLC identified 689 active antigovernment groups that comprised the “Patriot” movement in 2017, up from 623. Of these, 273 were armed militias. 
Historically, these groups rise during Democratic presidencies out of fear of gun control measures and federal law enforcement action against them. They typically decline under GOP presidencies. This has not been the case under Trump, whose radical views and bigotry may be energizing them in the same way he has invigorated hate groups.

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