Report: White-Directed Hate Crimes Don’t Count

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In a report created by the Southern Poverty Law Center it was found that hate crimes are happening in schools across the nation as a result of the election. However the organization never mentions the crimes against white people in their report.

The report has been deemed, “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools.” 

According to the report, created jointly with the American Federation of Teachers Union (who endorsed Hillary Clinton), hate crimes are occurring frequently as a result of the energy charged election. Racial, gender and sexual orientation related slurs have been happening more regularly around schools as explained in a few of the key findings that are listed below.

  • Eight in 10 report heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and LGBT students. 

  • Four in 10 have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation. 

  • Over 2,500 educators described specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that can be directly traced to election rhetoric. These incidents include graffiti (including swastikas), assaults on students and teachers, property damage, fights and threats of violence. 

While there were at least 2,000 instances of derogatory remarks made against white people, the SPLC did not find these to be hate crimes and therefore did not include them in the report.

According to The New York Post SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp said roughly 20 percent of teachers confirmed that they had “heard derogatory language or slurs about white students.” However, Bokenkamp did not provide an explanation as to why that data did not make it into the SPLC report.

While the report doesn’t mention white directed crimes, it does ensure to give recommendations as to deal with the minority based incidents.

The dynamics and incidents these educators reported are nothing short of a crisis and should be treated as such. We end the report with a series of recommendations that school leaders and administrators should take immediately. These include making public statements that set expectations, establishing protocols to identify students who are being targeted or whose emotional needs have changed, doubling down on anti-bullying strategies and being alert to signs of a hostile environment. Most importantly, every school should have a crisis plan to respond to hate and bias incidents.

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