CGTN — Among the groups in society targeted for hate crime are Muslims, both American and foreign-born. Many came under attack after the 9/11 attacks of 2001. While time has passed, some have said they feel even more at risk now, after the Nov. 8 election that put Donald Trump in the White House. After the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino shootings, he called for a ban on Muslim immigrants.
“After then-Candidate Trump’s Muslim ban announcement on Dec 7, 2015, in the next five days, we saw an 87.5-percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims,” Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) said.
Though that’s not to say President Trump is necessarily responsible, it does raise the question of whether or not Trump did more to help or stop it all.
“Following the 9/11 attacks, hate crimes spiked. Six days after those attacks though, President George Bush spoke at the Islamic Center of D.C., speaking about tolerance. And hate crimes dropped 66-percent in the next six days,” Levin said.
The article was published on March 14, 2017.
Read the complete article, and see the online video report, at “Advocacy groups look for reason behind anti-Muslim hate crimes spike in US.”