Here’s What’s Behind the Increase in Hate Crimes Since the Election
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Hate crimes in major US metropolitan areas have increased significantly since the election of Donald Trump last November, according to a new study.
Many of those hate crimes are targeted at Jewish people, Muslims and members of the LGBTQ community.
Researchers at Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino collected data from police departments. The data revealed an increase in the number of reported hate crimes this year.
CV Independent notes, “In New York City alone, there were 55 anti-Semitic crimes reported from Jan. 1 to March 5 of this year, up 189 percent from 19 such incidents in the same period of 2016.”
Overall, there was a 23.3% increase in reported hate crimes since the previous year in New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Columbus, Seattle, Long Beach and Cincinnati.
This goes hand-in-hand with a similar rise in anti-LGBTQ bullying since the election.
Levin suggested the increase might have been influenced by Trump’s campaign rhetoric that targeted ethnic and racial minorities. There have been instances of violent hate crimes committed by proud Trump supporters, like the man who raped a gay activist in Marseille.
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