The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.
Hate is on the rise, fueled, apparently, by President Donald Trump. Buzzfeed News uncovered and confirmed 54 incidents of school children bullying each other using his words. Crimes by adults sharply increased as well. At least one lawsuit names Trump, calling him liable for inciting an incident where one of his supporters shoved a woman.
- Number of hate crimes and incidents of hate speech tracked by Southern Poverty Law Center in the three days following the November 8, 2016, election: 201
- More of these took place in schools (K-12 followed by universities) than anywhere else; the vast majority were anti-black and/or anti-immigrant. Anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT, and anti-woman attacks followed close behind, as did general pro-Trump rhetoric.
New York City had the highest number of hate crimes of any U.S. City in 2016.
- Overall hate crime increase from 2015 to 2016: 24%
- Increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes from 2015-2016: 94%
- Total hate crimes in New York City in 2016: 380
- Increase in hate crimes after November 8 (as of March): 94%
- Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It
- White Nationalist Who Shoved a Black Protester Blames Trump
- Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day
- Hate Crimes Increased in 9 Major Cities Last Year, Data Shows
Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.