DonaldTrump’s effect on the Rise of Latino Hate Crimes
In communities ofcolor, hate crime remains to be a serious problem and America is notan exception. Victims of hate crime include Latinos, Blacks,Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, and Indians. Some of the perpetrators ofhate crime in America today include Donald Trump. Donald Trump, aRepublican presidential candidate in America, has been makinganti-immigrant declarations against different racial groups. Manypeople regard this situation as inflammatory, and have led toincreased hate crimes against Latinos across all borders. The FBIdefines hate crimes as prejudiced and bias-motivated criminaloffenses against property or people of different ethnicity, race,religion, gender identity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability(FBI s1). On June 16, 2015, at Trump Tower Atrium in Manhattan, Trumpclaimed that Mexican immigrants are criminals, rapists, and also theyare drug dealers (Romero 1). For this reason, several civil rightsorganizations have reported that not only has hate speech roselately, but also violent threats by individuals and groups supportiveof David Trump`s presidency have increased (Berman 1).
Romero statedthat In Los Angeles, hate crime report from county commission onhuman relations stated that offenses of hate crime against Latinoshave increased by 69% from 2015 (1). From 2014 to 2015, anti-Latinohate crimes rose from thirty-six to sixty-one, and thirty-four hatecrimes involved suspects who used anti-immigrate language like "Youdo not belong here." 74 % of these crimes were violent (Romero1). According to Berman (1), Boston police reported that one of themen who supposedly attacked a homeless Hispanic man quoted DavidTrump’s negative utterances about immigrants as a driving force fortheir action. Ironically, Trump regarded this as shame but said thathis followers were passionate and wanted the best for America.Another instance that has led to increased Latino hate crimesinvolves Trump questioning the integrity on an American judge who hasa Latino heritage.
Trump’soutspoken remarks have affected even the school going children. TheSouthern Poverty Law Center observed that not only has presidentialcampaign caused anxiety and fear among children of color, but alsohas produced exasperation of ethnic and racial tensions in schools(Berman 1). Student’s whose nationalities, races, and religionshave been negatively stated by Trump’s statements, experiencesintimidation, harassment, and bullying in school.
Berman (1)reported that Heidi Beirich, who is a project director for theSouthern Poverty Law Centers (SPLC) responded to this matter bysaying that organization of white supremacists and hate speech underthe wing of Trump’s campaign trail has become unbelievable. Thisgroup has produced more instances of hate speech online. According toDelgado and Stefancic, hate on the Internet forms a wider sequence ofantisocial behavior, which in the long run erodes the public image(320). Also, to make matters worse, after the June 13 massacre at anightclub in Orlando, Florida, Trump made divisive remarks about allMuslim immigrants suggesting that they were a threat to the USsecurity and restated that they should be banned from America (Berman1). Such statements instill hatred and fear on Latino immigrantsleading to an increase in hate crimes against the affected groups.Many Muslims form a part of the Latino and LGBTQ communities. Muslimadvocates observed that hate crimes targeting Muslims have increasedwith eighty incidents of threats, acts of vandalism, and violence(Bleich 920).
This culture ofviolence created by Trump’s racial remarks has led to thesecommunities living with the fear of the unknown, feel less free andless safe not knowing what will happen next. Most of them feel liketheir democratic rights have been compromised and some of them whowere previously Republicans had left the party.
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Bleich, Erik.“The Rise of Hate Speech and Hate Crime Laws in LiberalDemocracies.” Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies,Vol. 37, no. 6, 2011, pp. 917-934.
Delgado, Richard& Stefancic, Jean. “Hate speech in cyberspace.” WakeForest Law Review, Vol. 49, no. 2, 2014, pp.319-343.
FBI. What WeInvestigate. The Government site, 2014,https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil- rights/hate-crimes.Accessed 7 Oct. 2016.
Romero, Dennis.In the Era of Trump, Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Jumped 69% in L.A.LAweekly, 29 Sep. 2016, Web.http://www.laweekly.com/news/in-the-era-of-trump-anti-latino-hate- crimes-jumped-69-in-la-7443401.Accessed 7 Oct. 2016.