Since the election of Donald Trump in November, media reports show a spike in incidents of racism and hatred around the country. Many say that Trump’s victory gave free license to those who harbor racist attitudes, and that his presidency allowed them to express views they might otherwise have kept to themselves.
This reporter put the question to followers on Facebook: “Have you or anyone you know experienced any incidents of racism or hatred since the beginning of the year, and/or do you think or perceive that hatred in the country has increased since Pres. Trump took office or not?”
Participants were asked to respond either yes or no, but were not required to cite any specific incidents or experiences. Of the 36 responses – from a group that included teachers, social workers, law enforcement, stay-at-home moms, artists, and students – the answer was a resounding yes.
“Yes.” “YES.” “Yes yes yes,” read some of the replies.
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