The Southern Poverty Law Center is keeping track of the number of hateful harassment incidents since election day, which is now listed at 701 cases. Due to what’s called an “explosion” of hate crimes since Donald Trump’s victory, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that a special police unit has been created to fight the increase of attacks in New York.
Cuomo is calling for an end to the divisiveness in this country.
The announcement coincided with an address at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, where Cuomo called for an end to the divisiveness that has gripped the country.
“The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. In many ways it has gotten worse, [turning] into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” Cuomo said.
Although the president-elect’s name was not mentioned in Cuomo’s address, the New York Governor has called out Trump previously saying he would “reject the hateful attitudes that pervaded throughout the 2016 campaign.”
Cuomo pointed to a number of recent incidents, including swastika graffiti popping up. He also pointed to pictures of lynchings and racial slurs being sent to black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania.
There’s more than that. Head scarves are being torn off Muslim women’s heads. Harassment on busses has been reported. American citizens with an accent are being harassed. Women are being grabbed. On social media, Trump supporters dish out threats and intimidation. A billboard in Mississippi features an image from “Bloody Sunday,” which happened on March 7, 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The sign reads, ‘Make America Great Again.’ Children are harassing children with threats of deportation.
On Friday night, swastika graffiti was found at a Brooklyn park which was named after Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Yauch, who died of cancer in 2012, was Jewish. Another sign left at the park read, “Go Trump!”
“Keep your eyes open, stand up for each other. This is homegrown terrorism for real,” Band member Adam Horovitz told the crowd. “I reject Donald Trump’s vision for America. New York City, I’m asking you to do the same.”
New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill told a New York radio station on Sunday he was disturbed by the trends.
“We’ve had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. We’re up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City — we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111,” O’Neill said.
Cuomo said he will create a legal defense fund for immigrants who fear prosecution under Trump’s administration.
“If there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me. I am a son of immigrants. Son of Mario Cuomo, who is the son of Andrea Cuomo, a poor Italian immigrant who came to this country without a job, without money, or resources and he was here only for the promise of America,” he said.