Attacks On 3 Muslim Women in New York are Part of a Disturbing Nationwide Wave of Hate Crimes
In a disturbing post-election trend, the number of hate crimes occurring throughout the country is on the rise, and they're happening everywhere, even in supposedly progressive cities. In the past several days, three have been committed against numerous Muslim women in New York City.
On Monday, a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) employee was assaulted by a man at Grand Central Station, according to CBS News. The woman was en route to work when a man pushed her down a flight of stairs, shouting "terrorist!" at her. A similar attack occurred on Saturday, when off-duty police officer Aml Elsokary and her son were threatened by a man and his pit bull. As he shoved Elsokary's 16-year-old son, the man shouted "ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country." Just days before that, a young woman was harassed as she rode the subway, with a group of men shouting "Donald Trump" at her and called her a terrorist.
All three women were wearing hijabs at the time of the incidents. Christopher Nelson, the 36-year-old Brooklyn man who assaulted Officer Elsokary was arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, but the men behind the other incidents have not been identified.
In New York City alone, 43 disturbances that qualify as hate crimes have occurred since election day — a figure that's double the amount occurring over the same period last year. Over the course of the entire year, the city has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of hate-fueled incidents, with most of them manifesting as graffiti.
Within the 10 days immediately following the election, a recorded 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation occurred throughout the country, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Among the incidents: five California mosques receiving letters calling for Muslim genocide, swastikas and the words "go Trump" being graffitied at a Brooklyn park, high schoolers chanting "build the wall" at a volleyball tournament in Fort Hancock, Texas; "Heil Trump" being painted on an Indiana church, and a message reading "Neither black lives nor black votes matter" being graffitied on a wall in North Carolina. Though the violence hasn't been entirely one-sided — there have also been instances of Trump supporters being attacked in Chicago and Connecticut — the overwhelming majority of the attacks seem to have been perpetrated by individuals who found the xenophobic rhetoric of the campaign appealing.
Despite being vocal about his opposition to Alec Baldwin's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live and his baseless claims that millions of fraudulent votes were cast this election, President-elect Donald Trump has remained relatively quiet on the increase in hate crimes.
"If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it," Trump said during his "60 Minutes" interview on CBS in November. He has yet to comment further on the matter.
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