The Southern Poverty Law Center compiled state-by-state reports of harassment, intimidation and threats since the election.
Courtesy of The Southern Poverty Law Center
The organization tracked news stories and reports made directly through its website. Online harassment was not included.
Ryan Lenz, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Watch” blog, said the number of incidents isn’t really the point.
“The fact that people feel emboldened enough that they’re comfortable putting a swastika on the side of a car and using a racial epithet for a Jewish person, or the fact that school children are feeling compelled to threaten to kill their black classmates now that Donald Trump is president — I think the fact that they’re happening at all is enough,” he said.
Lenz points out the president-elect has only denounced these types of incidents when reporters asked him about them. Trump has not disavowed the incidents via Twitter or any other independent statement.
“I think what we need now is clear leadership and clear responsibility and we’ve not seen that yet,” said Lenz.
Not all of the incidents in the report mentioned the president-elect directly. Of the 867 incidents documented, 23 were categorized as “anti-Trump.”